Neil Young for Dummies | COVID-19 Stories | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
Pin It

Neil Young for Dummies 

click to enlarge Jayla Kai - ROY GUMPEL
  • Roy Gumpel
  • Jayla Kai

I find myself listening to America, the mediocre soft-rock band of the 1970s. (Though like many old-time groups, it still exists!) Their optimistic, Californian, "mellow" sound—they should have called themselves Neil Young for Dummies—is the exact opposite of today's anxiety-dosed daily vigil. On YouTube I play: "Ventura Highway in the sunshine / Where the days are longer/ The nights are stronger/ Than moonshine." For decades I've hated America, but now I need them.


Walking along my road, I notice that the yellow coltsfoot flowers—among the first blooms of spring—have contracted in the cold. I say to one: "O brave coltsfoot flower, pulling your petals in for warmth, may I be strong as you!"


Heard in A Dream

"Everything I own just got heavier."


Theology Lesson

Is kindness enough?

Yes, kindness is sufficient.

Sparrow is the author of, most recently Abraham: A Novel, an exploration of the life of the 16th president through the eyes of a Stone Ridge chiropractor.

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
SOLJOI77 Live- Original R&B duo bringing uplifting, romantic, celestial vibes @ Newburgh Brewing Company

SOLJOI77 Live- Original R&B duo bringing uplifting, romantic, celestial vibes

Sat., Jan. 28, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 25, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., March 25, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., April 29, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., May 27, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., June 24, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., July 29, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 26, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 23, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 28, 7-9:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 25, 7-9:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 30, 7-9:30 p.m. — Unwind and have a great night enjoying fabulous beer and an extensive...
Register for School's Out Summer Camp! @

Register for School's Out Summer Camp!

Jan. 1-31 — School’s Out Summer Camp meets Monday 6/26 through Friday 6/30, from 9:30am...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Lifestyle

It’s high time Chronogram made a newsletter about marijuana. Stay in the know with the latest on dispensary openings, industry news, cultivation tips, and more as we cover the emerging cannabis scene in New York and the Northeast. Welcome to High Society.


* indicates required