Neil Young and the creative process
"We went lookin' for faith
on the forest floor,
And it showed up everywhere,
In the sun and the water
and the falling leaves,
The falling leaves of time."
-- Neil Young from "You're My Girl"
In a recent television interview, singer-songwriter Neil Young talked about the creative process.
He said an interesting thing: essentially, when creating something, to think is one of the worst things you can do. He believes in the truth of the moment. He gathers memories, impressions, without editing much, without the chatter of the mind interfering. Better for something to be presented with flaws but be honest. When performing, being technically perfect doesn't necessarily make it better. Good execution without soul is not his style.
His many fans around the world agree. It's something that has served him well for over five decades of artistic production.