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Deja Vu is a historical time capsule, representative of the treasures we were given –
a superb, beautiful, magical album by the icons of Rock:
DAVID CROSBY, STEPHEN STILLS, GRAHAM NASH and NEIL YOUNG!
DEJA VU – CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG – March 11, 1970
It took only two months to make Deja Vu and anticipation of the album created advance sales of two million – a clear indication of C,S,N & Y’s creativity and popularity!
When it came to music, us Hippies and the Counter Culture’s tastes were unlimited; from spoken word, folk, country, soul and blues to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hard Rock, psychedelia, jazz, electronica and everything in between and beyond. We were enjoying a constant flow of truly incredible music on a seemingly daily basis.
During 1969, 1970 and 1971 the volume of album releases by important artists of innovative, classic Rock was extraordinary and was a record era for live concerts by most of the Rock Icons when they were young, like us.
Those three years were some of, if not, thee best years of my life!
But this open vibe toward music has drastically changed – a couple years back I was working in an R&D department with some young dudes in their mid-to-late twenties and the only music that several of them would listen to was Trance – classic Rock ‘n’ Roll was out of the question. I realize every generation needs their own music, that’s natural, but are people so entrenched (limited) in one or two styles of music (Rap, Trance or Pop) that no other genres have value to them?
Then I thought, what if this willing obsession of limited genres is really an important statement on the immediacy of life right now. We are all submerged in the techno-media undercurrent to the point that a simple innocent data search can embroil oneself into the next Media Black Hole.
To avoid this, many people “keep it simple” – as celebrities are easier and more fun to follow than political figures.
But keeping it simple shouldn’t include one’s brain.
There’s a different energy in the air, 00individual senses these things and has a theory; since 2012 didn’t seem all that “threatening or life-changing” – Cosmic Cross or not – I thought, what if, maybe all those translations of 2012 were transposed? What if everyone came to the same conclusions, but they were wrong? What if the truth was that it wasn’t “2012” that the Mayan’s predicted; it was 2021?
Ahhh, now that makes sense! I’m feelin’ that eight year build-up takin’ hold already for sure,
I just want to be around for the show, … its begun already, you know?
For as we get closer to Prophet Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy”, the rituals of the shared album experience have become ancient history, and since personal human interaction is now minimal, the only “shared experience” left is at a desired live event with dedicated Rockin’ fans –
and if the timing’s right it can still be as thrilling as ever!
Besides already being a serious Buffalo Springfield and Byrds fan, I truly loved soundtracks, female (and male) vocalists of the ’40s and ’50s, choice classical, and jazz from the 30’s on up, as well as all the obscurities of the ’60s and ’70s – but so did many of our generation.
We were living at physical and psychological Ground Zero of the Pop-Rock Music and Culture Explosion! And it was thrilling!
I bring all of this up to focus on this album and all the other great artists and albums like Dylan, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Band’s “Music from Big Pink”, Elton John’s Tumbleweed Connection”, Led Zeppelin III and the many others that perfectly blended Rock with Folk and Country and delivered solid heartfelt ballads, iconic harmonic vocals, eclectic electric and cosmic acoustic instrumentation and excellent meaningful lyrics … that have stayed with us forever.
Deja Vu registers at a distinct musical and historical high-water mark of, from and for our generation – and is a timeless gift to any others!
Upon listening to this LP as I was writing this post I once again was amazed at the absolute detail to which I could recite/sing and play every song in my head – I listened to this album many, many times as every track is indelibly imprinted in my Music Memory! Far Out!
Deja Vu, is one of 27 (35%) of the Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums released in the Classic Rock Year of 1970!
1) Carry On
2) Teach Your Children
3) Almost Cut My Hair
1) Deja Vu
2) Our House
4) Country Girl
5) Everybody I Love You
“We Have All Been Here Before”
I don’t know if it’s just me or that others share this feeling, but I’ve always had a semi-mystical vibe whenever I hear this album or songs. It’s as if it actually gives/gave me a similar mystical feeling of hearing it before – before I heard it.
There’s no denying that certain psychotropics open connections to states of consciousness that could allow access to experiences of as-yet-manifested songs; kind of like the Music Division of Jung’s “Collective Consciousness”!
A simple explanation that seems feasible even without psychotropics.
I’ve had many songs that upon first hearing them – I already knew them, … so this is my favorite answer for Musical Deja Vu … or for Deja Vu in general?.
“We Have All Been Here Before”
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