I saw David Crosby in concert Sunday night, in Gettysburg. We have a beautiful, intimate theatre here, a treasure which I hope is valued and cared for as the years pass. Years add treasure to theatres, lives, and songs.
David has been through much in life, enough to chip away facades and foundations if he didn’t have the powerful force of music to energize his soul. His voice was brilliant, strong and clear. His love for music was so evident and shone through each chord.
David handled the concert with acumen. His Gettysburg audience, though of the age when all remembered Vietnam protests and Woodstock festivals, was mainly a silver haired, conservative crowd. David was able to get his opinions to the crowd in a gentle way. Some artists overwhelm the audience with an in your face agenda. David gently sang an American patriotic anthem and voiced his love of America to those who have seen the same years of troubled discord between our shores. He told us he wandered through our beautiful town and loved seeing our monuments; we could feel the respect in his voice.
When the show came to an end……the chords of “Four Dead in Ohio” moved the crowd to deeply felt song…..my voice one of them. It was if I were sitting in my room a lifetime ago, listening to FM radio, Allison Steele, the NY Nightbird……listening to those same chords. The years dissolved……they mingled with sadness for that young college student of 1970 and frustration for the continued violence that seems without end.
If you are lucky to live within driving proximity to David Crosby’s tour schedule, don’t miss an opportunity to see him perform. It was one of the most memorable concerts of my lifetime…….I still hold memories of seeing him perform back in the 70’s…….now those memories mesh with memories of last night and the mix is beautiful.