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CSN . . . and Y

2009 January 9

Lately my iPod has been set on Crosby, Stills, and Nash. And Young. The older I get the better their music is. My playlist moves from CSNY . . . to CSN . . . back to Buffalo Springfield . . . and then onto solo hits (predominantly Neil Young, of course, including my favorite, “Cowgirl in the Sand” — along with other favorites like “Harvest Moon,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Old Man,” and “Long May You Run”).

Two of my favorites on the playlist are written by Stephen Stills: “For What It’s Worth” and (the best in the list) “Southern Cross.” “My love is an anchor tied to you, tied with a silver chain.” I’m ready to sail for Tahiti! Here’s a 1982 version of CSN singing it. (Originally, Stills was the only one of the group who recorded the song — along with Timothy Schmit, of the Eagles.)

Some of their best stuff, of course, was written by Graham Nash — notably “Teach Your Children” and “Our House.”

My CSNY advisor is my buddy Thom. So, hey, Mr. Editor: break away from work a bit today. A&M Press can survive without you for a moment. Give us the scoop on the group. What are the essential songs — for them as a group and individually — beyond the freshman-level playlist? Who was the real musical genius? And is Neil Young always singing falsetto? Inquiring minds want to know.

And YOU — what’s your favorite song by the group or one of the individual artists?

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