Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Neil Young Does Day In The Life

Neil Young is one crazy mo-fo. A Day In The Life is one of those songs that you just don't cover. It's so rooted in its studio version that even when Sting did it live (really well, I might add), it was still a little flat.

But as usual, Neil makes it all his own. His singing in the verses is great - he's like a little kid. Like how he sings I Am A Child - with a lot of youthful innocence in his voice. It's endearing.

But of course the reason I am posting is due to what he does with the orchestral parts that lead into and out of the Paul McCartney part of the song (woke up, fell out of bed/dragged a comb across my head). It's full blown Neil on 11. Dig the end of the song - I think he has broken at least three strings.

Neil can still kill it at 62. For those of my readers in Europe, try and catch his tour if you can. The video below is from Dublin, Ireland on Sunday. His tour dates and set lists for the tour are here.

2 comments:

Sue said...

I'm glad I discovered Neil Young's music - and I have you to thank for it.

VoxMoose said...

Very cool performance. He certainly Neilyoungifies the hell out of it while still keeping the sweetly melancholy undercurrent of the original piece intact.