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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

C is for Crosby, Stills and Nash

Lines of Inspiration
 Melodious expressions, Enduring Truism


Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

“Now everything is easy ‘cause of you”

Song Title:  Our House  

Songwriter:  Graham Nash

Before co-founding the Hollies  in the early 60’s, British rocker, Graham Nash was already known for his light tenor voice, songwriting gift, and as a collector of photography; whose own photography would later be published as well (San Francisco Art exchange). Having met the band Crosby and Stills while on tour with the Hollies, Nash met up with them again (alone) in the United States and by 1968 the band was called Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Written in under an hour, this sweet musical tribute to an actual event, an “ordinary moment” (Nash later recalled) in Graham Nash’s life has been called a “trite ditty”, though most often praised for its “innocent elegance”.  It sounds to me like a moment one might want to “Carry a torch” for.

So, how about those lines? Does either one call to mind a memory? Instill a sense of wonder? Are you familiar with the phrase, song, or bands?

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  1. Hi Diedre - a number of musicians I do remember ... wonderful music and lyrics - interesting to read about Nash's photography. I'd have loved to have someone sing to me 'Now everything is easy 'cause of you' ... heart warming ... cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      Nash is quite the sensitive fellow, isn't he? When I get more than a minute I hope to check out his photography.

  2. Hi, diedre!

    The CS&N album Déjà Vu and the song "Our House" were popular during my junior and senior years of college at PSU. Students, myself included, made a habit of entertaining the masses by placing their stereo speakers in the open windows of their dorm rooms and blasting music out across the quadrangle for all to hear. "Our House" was one of the songs I often heard as I made my way to and from class. It is a deceptively simple song with a melody that tends to get stuck in your head. Critics that label "Our House" a “trite ditty” tend to forget that many of the Beatles greatest hits such as "Penny Lane" were songs about ordinary life and ordinary people.

    Thanks for reminding me of this great Graham Nash song recorded by Crosby, Stills and Nash, dear driend diedre. Have a delightful day!

    1. Hi Shady!

      I'm glad you enjoyed! Stereo speakers at open windows must have lent a comfortable sense of community - especially the song "Our House"
      Thank you, dear Shady, for stopping by with ever-thoughtful comments - and for your patience with my tardiness in getting around the 'sphere' of late. Leave the light on, would ya?
      Thanks for the Beatles reminder. I think the very simplicity of their songs was what folks could relate to.
      Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  3. I can remember Crosby Stills and Nash,
    A wonderful "C" post . Great to read.


    1. Hi Yvonne!

      Glad you enjoyed ;-) Though not a major favorite band of mine, I sure love that song!

  4. Not a huge CS&N fan but I do like a few of their tunes. My favorite being (Link:] THIS ONE.

    CS&N, more of those Laurel Canyon artists with a connection to military intelligence. They all flooded into Laurel Canyon in the late '60s and early '70s but apparently none of them could really explain WHY. (Weird.)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Check out my new blog @
    (Link:] Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews...

    1. Howdy Reno!

      "Twice the speed of sound..." What a great blast from the past - and an uncanny summary of events these days.
      There you go, casting the mysterious aura of Laurel Canyon again ;-) I expect to see your review soon - but I may have to get the book for myself anyway!

  5. I liked them all the more when they got together with Neil Young. ☺ Still, they did have some good songs. We saw them live (without Neil) in 2010, believe it or not, opening for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Probably the best opening act ever! David Crosby's 'Almost Cut My Hair' is something of a personal anthem. Loving your theme, diedre!

    1. Hi Debbie!

      You know, I never would have thought of those two bands together. But it must have been outstanding ;-)
      I'll have to revisit that 'Almost Cut My Hair' song since it is meaningful to you. I seem to recall one of your posts relating to the operative word ALMOST ;-)

    2. I did a BOTB with it and before that, pontificated about Hair - its an obsession. ☺ Click HERE if you're interested.

    3. And you talked about CSNY! How cool is that? I'm glad you only trim your hair. I'm a fan of long hair (on everyone)and figure if you can grow it, by all means do so! ;-)

  6. I travelled across Morocco not long ago on the Marrakesh Exprees and CSN sang to me for the entrie journey! The train was dreadful by the way! I actually prefered the band when the amazing Neil Young signed up.

    Today in Amble Bay!

    1. Hi Keith!

      The train was dreadful? I've been in a few boxcars. You really have to watch your step getting off - it's a doozy ;-)
      I'm kind of amazed at how many Neil Young fans there are. Perhaps I'll give him another look.
      Happy writing at Amble Bay!

  7. I've got Sirius radio in my car and my sister likes a soft rock channel that plays a lot of Graham, Nash, Stills and Young together, individually, in duets, etc. I'm surprised how much I enjoy a lot of their work.

  8. One my favorite bands in this incarnation and all the other variations of the members in it. So much great music!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


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