Neil Young hosted the second edition of his Fireside Sessions webcast event this week. The performance saw the veteran singer-songwriter play some oft-forgotten deep cuts from throughout his career.
The second Fireside Session begins as Young walks out his back door into the snowy terrain at his home in Telluride, CO. With his guitar strung on his back, and followed by his wife and director, Daryl Hannah, he starts the session with “Four Strong Winds”. The song comes from Young’s 1978 album Comes A Time, and was originally recorded by Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia in 1963. After the song is over and Young is already covered in snow after only four minutes outside, the video cuts back to the titular fireplace. Young is perched in his rightful seat at the piano as he runs through the tender ballad “Birds” from 1970’s After The Gold Rush.
After Young thoroughly washes his hands, he nestles up by the fire with a homemade harmonica holder for a run through “On the Beach”, a song he hasn’t performed solo since 2003. It’s hard to imagine Young’s resistance to playing the title track to his 1974 album, as his acoustic performance is hauntingly tender. The deep cuts kept coming with the 1974 studio outtake “Homefires”, followed by “Words” from Harvest, and finally “Love And Only Love” from the 1990 studio album Ragged Glory he recorded with Crazy Horse.
Head over to the Neil Young Archives to watch the second installment of the fireside sessions.
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