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Today I sat down and started creating a playlist composed of classic rock songs about birds. I was about a dozen tracks into the mix and was digging both the famous and obscure picks about our fine feathered friends, (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Police, Neil Young) when… wait… what Neil Young bird song should I select?
There were too many great options to decide on a single one.
After working for an hour on the original classic rock bird song playlist, I scrapped it for a later date, and decided to concentrate on crafting a Neil Young only avian-centric playlist. I simply could not let another moment pass without bringing this into existence.
The fruits of my labor rendered this Neil Young compilation I call The Bird Album. It features 11 songs written about, inspired by, or that mention birds in the lyrics. Sure, it sounds like an odd way to put together a mixtape, but with an artist as legendary as Neil Young, it really works.
It’s essentially a new Neil Young album focused around a single subject, as opposed to another greatest hits package featuring the same radio hits that appear in any Neil Young mixtape you can dig up. For me, a collection like this injects more interest into the mix, and can recap songs you haven’t heard in quite some time. Do you really need to hear “Heart of Gold” or “Needle and the Damage Done” again? Sure they’re great songs, but these tracks help me look at Neil in a new light while still listening to his old stuff.
And if you’re a fan of birds in any way, shape, or form, this is a must have playlist.
1. “Helpless” (big birds flyin’ across the sky…) with CSN&Y
3. “Hawks And Doves”
4. “Little Wings”
5. “War of Man” (the black falcon or the little sparrow…)
6. “Thrasher” (the eagle/vulture glides desending…)
7. “Revolution Blues” (that was me with the doves…)
8. “Motion Pictures (For Carrie)” (ducks are calling…)
9. “The Old Homestead” (prehistoric bird…)
10. “Danger Bird”
11. “Expecting To Fly” – with Buffalo Springfield Powered by Sidelines