GRAHAM’S “DÉJÀ VU”

Rock and roll icon Graham Nash is back with a preview of his upcoming shows right here in our area.

For more information on Graham Nash’s tour dates, click here. 

Aired on September 16, 2019. 

TRANSCRIPT

> GRAHAM NASH, A ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE AS A MEMBER OF A HOLLIE AND THE LEGENDARY CROSBY, STILLS & NASH HAS BEEN MAKING MUSIC FOR NEARLY 60 YEARS.

HIS PARTNERSHIP WITH CROSBY, STILLS AND YOUNG LASTED ONLY A MONTH.

YET SOME OF THE SONGS HE WROTE SUCH AS MARRAKESH EXPRESS, TEACH YOUR CHILDREN AND OUR HOUSE ARE EMBEDDED IN THE DNA OF THE '60s GENERATION.

GRAHAM NASH CONTINUES TO PERFORM AS A SOLO ARTIST, AND NOW IS GETTING READY TO LAUNCH A FULL TOUR IN THE TRI-STATE AREA, INCLUDING A SEPTEMBER 27th PERFORMANCE AT THE TOWN HALL HEATER IN NEW YORK CITY.

IT'S A TOUR UNLIKE ANY NASH HAS DONE BEFORE.

AND HE WAS GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO SIT WITH ME RECENTLY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WOULD MAKE IT SO UNIQUE.

GRAHAM, WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE WITH US.

THANK YOU.

GRAHAM, YOU'RE STARTING A NEW TOUR THIS FALL WHERE YOU ARE REVISITING YOUR FIRST TWO SOLO ALBUMS, SONGS FOR BEGINNERS AND WILD --

TALES.

I DIDN'T IS ALSO THE NAME OF YOUR BOOK.

YES.

IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

YES.

HAVE YOU DONE THIS BEFORE?

NEVER.

SO WHY NOW?

I SAW STEELY DAN AT THE BEACON THEATER DO A COUPLE OF THEIR ALBUMS FROM START TO FINISH, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A REALLY COOL IDEA.

AND THIS HAS BEEN BUDGETED MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE, BUT PARTICULARLY STRONGLY MY WIFE AMY GRANTHAM WANTED TO SEE THAT SHOW.

TWO OF HER FAVORITE ALBUMS, AND SHE WANTED ME TO DO THAT.

AND I THOUGHT YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT?

IT IS A REALLY GOOD IDEA.

I THINK WE'LL START TO DO THAT.

SO ON THE 25th OF SEPTEMBER I STARTED THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

IT'S A SMALL CLUB.

I WANTED TO GET THE FIRST ONE AND WORK OUT THE LITTLE FUNNY STUFF THAT WILL PROBABLY GO ON.

ON THE 27th, I PLAY THE TOWN HALL HERE IN MANHATTAN.

28th I'LL BE IN ALBANY AT THE EGG.

AND THE 29th I'LL BE AT THE BERKELEY COMMUNITY CENTER DOING SONGS FOR BEGINNERS, TAKE AN INTERMISSION AND THEN DO WILD TALES START TO FINISH.

AMAZING.

YEAH.

I'M ACTUALLY LOOKING VERY MUCH FORWARD TO IT.

SO WHEN YOU LOOK BACK, THESE SONGS ARE ALMOST -- THESE ALBUMS ARE ALMOST 50 YEARS OLD.

NOT ALMOST.

SO WHEN YOU LOOK BACK TO THOSE ALBUMS, WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THOSE MUSIC, THERE ANYTHING ABOUT THE SONGWRITING IN THEM THAT SURPRISES YOU?

NOT THAT SURPRISES ME.

THE LAST RECORD I PUT OUT I REALIZED THERE HAD NEVER BEEN A GREATEST HITS FOR WANT OF A BETTER WORD.

YES, GREATEST HITS OF THE HOLLIES.

GREATEST HITS OF CSN, GREATEST HITS OF CSNY.

NOT OF MY MUSIC.

IN THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS, I REALIZED THE 15 SONGS MY FANS REALLY LOVE SO, I PUT THEM ON.

AND THEN I THOUGHT PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY BOUGHT ALL THIS MUSIC IN SEVERAL FORMATS FROM VINYL TO CDs TO DVD, THE BLU-RAY, ET CETERA.

HOW CAN I MAKE THIS SPECIAL?

SO I WENT INTO MY ARCHIVE AND I BROUGHT OUT 15 OF THE DEMOS FOR THOSE SONGS.

WHEN YOU ENJOY MUSIC, BUT YOU DON'T PLAY MUSIC, THE ART OF SONGWRITING IS QUITE MYSTERIOUS TO THOSE PEOPLE.

THEY WANT TO KNOW, YOU KNOW, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU WROTE 'OUR HOUSE.'

WHERE WAS YOUR HEAD AT WHEN YOU WROTE 'TEACH YOUR CHILDREN' OR 'MILITARY MADNESS' OR 'CHICAGO'? AND IN MY SHOW I SHOW PEOPLE HOW THOSE SONGS CAME TO LIFE.

IT'S VERY INTERESTING FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T WRITE MUSIC BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KNOW.

WHERE DO THE MELODIES COME FROM?

THE LYRICS?

COME ON, WHAT'S GOING ON?

HOW DO YOU DO THAT.

I WISH I KNEW.

MANY OF THESE SOPNGS, PARTICULARLY FROM YOUR FIRST ALBUM PARTICULARLY AFTER YOU BROKE WITH JONI MITCHELL ARE VERY PERSONAL.

SOME OF THOSE SONGS REFLECT THAT BREAKUP.

INDEED.

HOW DOES IT FEEL EMOTIONALLY DO TO GO BECOME TO THOSE SONGS, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU'RE PERFORMING THEM EVERY NIGHT?

IS IT PAINFUL IN SOME WAY OR HAS TIME HEALED ALL WOUNDS?

I THINK TIME WOUNDS ALL HEALS.

I TRIED TO SING THOSE SONGS WITH A SAME PASSION THAT I WROTE THEM WITH.

I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW TWO THINGS.

ONE, I WANT TO BE THERE MAKING MUSIC FOR THEM.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

THE AUDIENCE CAN SPOT IMMEDIATELY WHETHER YOU WANT TO BE THERE OR NOT.

RIGHT?

AND SECONDLY, IF I CAN SEE THEM SMILING ON THE WAY OUT, I KNOW I'VE DONE MY JOB, BECAUSE THEY PAY HARD EARNED MONEY TO COME SEE ME.

I WANT TO GIVE THEM VALUE FOR THEIR MONEY.

AND SO IT'S A COMBINATION OF THE SONGS AND THE STORIES BEHIND THOSE SONGS THAT'S QUITE FASCINATING TO PEOPLE.

HOW DID YOUR SOLO WORK DEPART FROM THE WORK YOU'VE DONE PREVIOUSLY WITH THE HOLLIES AND WITH CROSBY, STILLS & NASH AND CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, YOUNG?

SINCE I'VE LEFT THE HOLLIES, I'VE NEVER WRITTEN A SONG FOR CSN OR CSNY.

I'VE ONLY WRITTEN FOR ME.

WE HAVE THE REALITY RULE.

IF I SIT YOU DOWN AND YOU'RE DAVID AND STEVEN.

IF I SIT YOU DOWN AND THERE IS NO REACTION, YOU'LL NEVER HEAR THAT SONG AGAIN.

IF I PLAY A SONG AND CROSBY HEY, I KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO IN THE CHORUS OR STEVEN KNOWS WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO AS AN INTRO, NOW WE'RE TALKING.

AND WE ONLY EVER RECORDED SONGS ALL THREE OF US LOVE.

YOUR SONGS ARE NOT ONLY PERSONAL.

A NUMBER OF YOUR SONGS ARE POLITICAL BECAUSE YOU'RE POLITICAL.

BUT LET'S VISIT AT THIS A SECOND.

YES.

WHEN FOUR KIDS STAND AT THEIR COLLEGE, THEIR UNIVERSITY AND PROTEST WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING IN THEIR NAME, PARTICULARLY NIXON AND KISSINGER'S SECRET BOMBING OF CAMBODIA AT THE TIME AT KENT STATE, WHEN THEY GOT SLAUGHTERED, IS THAT PERSONAL OR IS THAT POLITICAL?

WHEN YOU CHAIN BOBBY SEAL TO A CHAIR AND GOLFERS TAPE HIS MOUTH SHUT, IS THAT POLITICAL OR IS THAT HUMAN?

WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL HERE.

BUT I DO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN.

THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL, AS WE LEARNED IN THE '60s.

INDEED.

BUT ONE OF THOSE SONGS WHICH WE WERE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE THE CAMERAS STARTED ROLLING, 'CHICAGO,' STILL GIVES ME CHILLS WHEN I HEAR THAT.

FANTASTIC.

BUT I HAD MISUNDERSTOOD IT FOR MANY YEARS.

IN WHAT POINT OF VIEW?

IN ONE SENSE I THOUGHT YOU WERE SPEAKING TO US, THE AUDIENCE.

YOU WANTED US TO GET INVOLVED.

BUT THERE IS A STORY BEHIND IT.

I WONDER IF YOU COULD SHARE IT WITH US.

I GOT A CALL ONE SUNDAY MORNING VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING FROM A FRIEND OF MINE CALLED WAVY GRAVY.

HE WAS COMEDIAN CALLED HUGH ROMNEY IN THE '50s.

HE CALLED AND SAID THESE KIDS WERE BEING ARRESTED AND COULD I RAISE MONEY FOR THEIR DEFENSE FUND?

I WANTED TO GO.

DAVID WANTED TO GO.

STEVEN AND NEIL WASN'T FREE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED VERY QUICKLY.

AND SO MY SONG OF CHICAGO IS ME SINGING TO STEVEN NEIL, CAN'T WE JUST GO TO CHICAGO, JUST TO SING?

BUT I'M ALSO TALKING TO YOU, BECAUSE THAT'S THE ART OF A SONGWRITER.

BY THE WAY YOU GOING TO BE PLAYING SONGS BEYOND THE SONGS FROM THESE TWO ALBUMS IN THE TOUR?

IF I'M DOING WHAT I'M DOING, SONGS FOR BEGINNERS FIRST AND INTERMISSION AND THEN WILD TALES, WILD TALES IS A VERY SLOW SONG CALLED A SLEEP SONG.

I KNOW I'M GOING HAVE TO COME BACK AND DO A COUPLE OF ENCORES.

I HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED OUT WHAT THEY WILL BE.

BUT I HAVE TO DO A COUPLE OF SONGS AFTER THAT, YES.

FINALLY, WHAT DO YOU HOPE THAT AUDIENCES THAT GO TO THESE PERFORMANCES, THEY TAKE AKAY WITH THEM?

I HOPE THEY TAKE AWAY THE FACT THAT I WANTED TO BE THERE.

I WANT THEM TO TAKE WAY THE FACT THAT ARTISTS HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE.

THAT'S HOW MUSICAL HISTORY IS MADE, YOU KNOW.

WHEN BILLY HOLIDAY WAS DOING STRANGE FRUIT, SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE TIME IN WHICH SHE LIVED.

OUR SONGS ARE ABOUT THE TIMING WHICH WE LIVE.

IT'S QUITE INTERESTING AND IRONIC TO ME THAT SOMETHING LIKE IMMIGRATION THEN IS STILL AS RELEVANT TODAY AS IT WAS WHEN I WROTE IT 50 YEARS AGO?

MILITARY MADNESS.

THERE ARE MORE WARS GOING ON NOW THAN THERE WAS WHEN I WROTE THAT SONG, WHICH I WROTE ABOUT MY FATHER GOING OFF TO WORLD WAR II.

SO, YES.

I'M GLAD THAT MY MUSIC LASTED THIS LONG.

SOMETIMES IT'S A PAIN IN THE BUT TO HAVE TO SING THEM.

WELL, GRAHAM, AS ALWAYS, IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO TALK TO YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU'RE VERY WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

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