Neil Young reminds me of Kermit the frog. Young is a few octaves lower and Canadian, but to me they share the same, beseeching tone.
And stuck in traffic on the M1, this fleeting similarity between the world’s favourite frog and one of the world’s favourite rock/folk musicians got carried away in my mind’s eye. Kermit was singing Neil Young, Animal was playing the harmonica, and Miss Piggy was flicking her porcine mane as the overlooked waitress in the first song, Unknown Legend. Then all the little animal muppets popped up to sing the choruses, swaying in time.
And that’s probably sacrilege to Neil Young fans. I’m expecting frog spawn through the letterbox.
Released in 1992, this was his 20th album and it is really strong. His vocals aren’t for me, sorry, but the music – piano, banjo, acoustic guitar – are excellent. I found the first song lovely and Harvest Moon was a deserving hit. Maybe it deserved more than the solid grey skies around Doncaster.
I’m on the road this weekend, so I’m keeping it short!
(What about a duet on Kermit’s great hit, Rainbow Connection? Shucks, Debbie Harry beat him to it)