You can ask anyone. I’m not a big bucket list person. In fact, I don’t have one at all unless you consider the list I keep untidily in my brain of every music act I want to see. In the past few years, I’ve been losing a lot of opportunities. I’ll never see the Eagles with Glen Frey. Never see Fleetwood Mac with Christine McVie. And now, I’ll never see Crosby, Stills and Nash.
In the late 70s and early 80s, a DC rock station used to play Suite Judy Blue Eyes on its publicity features. Instantly recognizable because of Stephen Stills guitar, the song is also brilliant for the very thing that made Crosby, Stills, and Nash brilliant: those harmonizing vocals that can never be replicated. And those vocals are very much thanks to David Crosby who died on January 18.
Crosby was controversial for many reasons. His drug use that escalated after the death of his beloved girlfriend. His often blatant, sometimes derogatory, opinion regarding other musical acts and public figures he deemed distasteful. As the New York Times posted, he was on Twitter even up until the day before his death. He always had an opinion he was willing to share, often with quips and good humor.
But it’s the music he’ll be remembered for. And what music it is.
And, my favorite Crosby, Stills, and Nash song:
RIP David Crosby. (1941-2023)