GRAHAM’S “DÉJÀ VU”

September 17, 2019 at 4:45 am

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. 

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>>> 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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