CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

A review of the Marymoor Park show in Redmond, WA July 22, 2003
By Melody Alderman


Crosby, Stills & Nash took to the stage at beautiful Marymoor Park. It was the perfect summer evening. The outdoor venue provided the ideal setting to see a legendary band whose music is as meaningful today as ever.

Opening with the song "Carry On," Graham Nash and David Crosby both showcased flawless voices that seemed unscathed by the years. Stephen Stills shied away from the spotlight but provided a solid melodic shadow to the base of each song. The crowd, from children to twenty-somethings to Woodstockers, were treated to a collection of the bands most well loved songs.

Before playing "Military Madness," Nash announced, "Here's a song we're sick of playing." Maybe so but for many people in the audience, it was a chance to experience live music that has found a place on the soundtrack of their lives. There is still something to be learned in today's world from the messages enclosed within many of the band's songs. "For What It's Worth" fits hauntingly well with today's current political situation.

"Guinnevere" was performed beautifully with just Nash and Crosby onstage together. The song began a short, stripped down acoustic set with Crosby announcing he was going to perform a new song that was a departure from his usual ballads. This one, "They Want It All," was what he described as a pissed off rocker. The song addressed the Enron scandal and the corruption of corporate America. After he was finished the crowd cheered, applauding their agreement with the opinions the song represented. Crosby thanked the crowd, stating how much it means to a songwriter when they receive a positive reaction after introducing a new song.

Next was "Half Your Angels," a Nash penned composition that was written after the Oklahoma bombings. Shortly after September 11th, Crosby suggested it would be appropriate to start playing the song again. The song was a touching tribute to the victims and families affected by the tragedies.

The night was not completely solemn though. There was also humor. Crosby announced that the band had enlisted the help of University of Oregon to conduct a study. The study? During the years of 1969-1973 what percentage of women who lost their virginity during that time, lost it to the song "Our House"? Crosby's estimate; 30%.

Closing out the night, the band performed "Woodstock" and "Teach Your Children" as an encore. In all, the evening proved that time is meaningless in the world of music. If anything, time and history have an eerie way of repeating themselves as evident in many of the messages contained in this legendary band's songs.

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LYRICS TO LIVE BY
"One morning I woke up
and I knew that you were gone
A new day, a new way,
I knew I should see it along
Go your way, I'll go mine
and carry on."

Song * Carry On
Album * Replay
"Guinnevere had green eyes
Like yours, mi'lady, like yours
When she'd walk down
through the garden
In the morning after it rained

Peacocks wandered aimlessly
Underneath an orange tree
Why can't she see me?"

Song * Guinnevere
Album * Crosby, Stills & Nash
"I'll light the fire
you put the flowers in the vase
that you bought today
Staring at the fire
for hours and hours
while I listen to you
play your love songs
all night long for me
only for me."

Song * Our House
Album * Greatest Hits
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