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Entering the Zone

As some of you know, I'm a huge Neil Young fan, and I have been since 1972, when the Harvest album came out.  So, sometimes, when I'm doing a Youtube video crawl, I view his live performances.  What I've always found interesting about them is that when he's introducing the songs he's often halting and odd sounding, as if he's strung out or buzzed (and maybe he was--he does have a reputation!), but as soon as he starts performing, he's in the "zone."

I've never seen anyone transition so cleanly and obviously from their day to day persona to the zone than Neil Young.  I like to think that when I write or teach that that happens to me some times.  Neil is a performace model of how I'd like to think my brain works.  You can see what I mean if you watch the video.  (It's even clearer in "Heart of Gold," but I'm in an "Old Man" mood this morning).

How do you think Neil would do if he was an unknown, appearing on American Idol, with this song?



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Jan. 25th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
The brain uses different parts for speech and singing; it explains how people who stammer and have other speech impediments can sing flawlessly.
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
I have heard that. I hope I use a different part of my brain to write and teach too!
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