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By Stephen Wilt
It was fifty years ago this year that singer-songwriter Stephen Stills first started his tumultuous love affair with the deep piercing eyes of Judy Collins. Their love immortalized by the generational hit “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” would go on to launch a career and shape modern music. Although romantically short-lived, their union of music, friendship and life remains vibrant today.
I sat down in an effort to catch up with Judy before she set off on tour last summer to talk about music, life, and her vibrant Tiffany Lamp collection.
“The first time I saw him I knew that our relationship was destined for life one way or another, whether musically or romantically our paths were bound to cross,” Judy said as she reminisced on first meeting Stephen Stills. When asked if the set between them still consisted of fan favorites such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” a simple “You betcha,” was Judy’s response. “Its so much fun to be singing that with him, it’s as wonderful as the day I first heard it!”
Stills and Collins did not fail to deliver on a nearly 2-hour performance to a massive sold-out show at the Smith Opera House. Unlike your typical reunion tour that majority of aging artists embarks on, consisting of perhaps a single original member, Stills, and Collins were never bandmates but musical partners. The reunion between them was about love, understanding and reliving an old flame.
Stills and Collins poked fun at each other as they went into notable favorites such as Buffalo Springfield’s “Blue Bird” and CSN hits. Perhaps stealing the audience and their hearts were Collins acapella rendition of “Dreamers.” Standing to a single spotlight her voice leads the audience in a trail of emotion as every note was spot on and genuine.
Following an acoustic rendition of a Stills-Young song “Long May You Run” Stills paid homage to his longtime friend Tom Petty in an acoustic version of “I Won’t Back Down” bringing the entire audience to their feet.
In all, their 18 song set saw two songs from their recent album “Everybody Knows.” The backing band played not behind the two, but together sounding well practiced and leading the show to the next level.
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins continue to amaze fans on the second leg of their North American Tour. In the end, the love they gave was equal to the love they made, and this duo pulled every stop to let the fan once again relive a nostalgic time for music history.
- Handle with Care
- You Don’t have to Cry
- River of Gold
- Virtual World
- Everybody Knows
- Long May You Run
- I Won’t Back Down
- Both Sides, Now
- Southern Cross
- Who Knows Where the Time Goes
- Chelsea Morning
- For What It’s worth
- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
By: Matt Mackenzie
Under Pressure, The Incredible True Story, Everybody, and now YSIV. Each concept album tells a story of two individuals trying to find a new home on Paradise before the one they have runs out of resources to support humanity. Being the huge Logic fan that I am, when the date of the album was released, I marked every calendar that I could to remind myself that an important event was going to happen. The previously released singles One Day, Everybody Dies, and The Return were extremely well made and showed the extreme amount of talent that Logic has as an artist. The one worry I had about the album, was if the topic of divorcing his wife was going to be addressed. Through the months leading up to the release, fans provided their input on the headline of the two divorcing with Logic commenting that the two had a better relationship as friends rather than as a married couple.
Upon debut, the songs that stood out to me as the best in the album were 100 Miles and Running, YSIV, and Ordinary Day. The entire album has an excellent list of tracks, but these three stick out due to the far superior quality. YSIV (Young Sinatra IV) starts off and ends with a shout out to Mac Miller due to his passing in September. In it, Logic discusses how Miller was a huge part of influencing his come up in the rap game. He also says that it was because of this influence he was able to create the song Young Sinatra. Coming out and talking about seeing one of his modern-day influences pass away and the impact it has on him just made me start crying. The first song to ever make me do that. Ordinary Day features Hailee Steinfeld and does she do an amazing job. Not only does she just kill her parts in the track, but it has the catchiest chorus in the album. Her addition to the track does wonders to it. Finally, 100 Miles and Running. What I absolutely love about this track is what I call speed spitting. Nearing the end of the track Logic drops a large number of bars in a very short time span. Every time I head this, my jaw just drops to the floor because of how insanely fast the last bit is. No matter how much I want to learn these lyrics, there is no hope of that. If anyone can keep up with every word, then they are very talented.
With the conclusion of this album, I believe that the concept albums of the Paradise story are now at an end. There is no evidence confirming or denying this, but one of the two Paradise explorers say in the Thank You track that this is the last album which makes the second Paradise explorers retort, saying there are so many more albums. I can only hope for more. Such an influential and inspiring artist needs to stick around in these tough times. Peace. Love. Positivity.