Harvest Moon

How is your week going?

Has it been a “long week”?

Have they all been lately?

It’s not Friday yet, but that’s tomorrow, so if that is part of your workweek schedule, then great. If not, well, hopefully, today’s selection will help anyway.

There’s so much going on in our world. It affects us directly, indirectly, but it still affects us. It’s a lot. Allow yourself to feel that, and if you need to, say that you need a time out from it. It’s a lot, for sure.

I hear it in the conversations I have with family and friends out in the world, and can surmise about what it is like to cope in the COVID-19 world, but I really don’t know, other than what I experience when shopping mid-day when the crowds are sparse and shelves are full.

I acknowledge that as a retired person, I have no comprehension about what it is like to study, work, raise children, look for work, try to socialize and do so many activities people have to navigate under conditions necessitated by the pandemic. Every. Damn. Day. I feel like, well, I see people and observe them and have a sense of what they’re doing, but there’s no way for me to understand that totally. But I can honour and admire it.

So if you have a moment, why not sit down, click on the video below, turn up the sound, and enjoy a lovely Neil Young song. And the funny thing is, I don’t really have an excuse, but this song is one week late. The Harvest Moon arrived on October 1. I even made a note to remember it! I blame the pandemic.

Anyway, it’s a beautiful song, and the video is a treasure in its simplicity. I love the guy at the beginning, dancing with his corn broom at the entrance to the hall where everyone’s congregating, celebrating, all close together. (Ouch! Not fair… we can’t do that!) He appears later in the video, too. Beautiful.

The song comes from the album Harvest Moon, which Young released in 1992. The lilting background vocals on the song are providing by Linda Ronstadt. I have talked about and featured her before, in my post on another Neil Young composition — “After the Gold Rush” — one that Ronstadt covered with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris in the women’s 1987 collaboration, Trio. That album was later re-released as a three-disc set, including alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks. (By the way, the day I posted that song, I said I had my eye on the other forty tracks in that collection. Predictably, I’ve bought them since.)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Stay safe and well. ❤️

Here’s the official music video for the song from Neil Young’s YouTube channel:

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