>Love and Neil Young


In life we all just want to be loved. There are times when we think we love someone more than anyone else, although it is the eros doing this. (Funny, how Cupid the messenger of love and the word cupidity, meaning avarice, have the same root). We love our parents and our siblings and our friends just as much, if not more. Try to quantify your love, puny human.

But when we find the eros, it burns brighter and faster and so we want to love harder, more than the agape or the storge. In the end, it only dies faster. Suspend your thought. Let go. Live it fully. This will be the truest love you can express. And everyone will feel it.

Why is Neil Young so good? He combines aspects of folk and rock that make him soft and melodic, yet rugged and hard. He balances extremes well, though he is best when he’s in the middle. He is like the lovechild of Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin, especially in his Crazy Horse days.

Play the mouth harp, if you want to take up an instrument and can’t dedicate the time to the guitar.

By Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel Adler writes fiction and nonfiction and is finishing his MFA at University of South Carolina.

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