#183 Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills has been part of a few bands since his career began in 1962. He released his self-titled debut album in 1970. His most popular band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young broke up in 1970, released an album and each member created a solo album and released it shortly after. Overkill. Unfortunately, this book is out of order in the timeline of release dates. I think all the guys are in the book except for Graham Nash.

Stills most famous solo song is the album opener “Love the One You’re With“. I think it is a great song, but lyrically I cannot agree with it,

“…and if you can’t be with the one you love honey
love the one you’re with”.

So you should be with someone you do not love? That is unfair to that person. You are wasting their time and messing with their heart. Do not listen to Stills’ advice.

Do for the Others“, “Church (Part of Someone)“, “Sit Yourself Down“, and “We Are Not Helpless” are all great songs on the album. I would say all the songs are good with the exception of “Cherokee” and “Black Queen”, which has good music, but it is terribly repetitive.

I am not a fan of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at all, but Stills has created a great album. The songs are catchy and at times “takes you to church”. A black friend of mine used to say that expression a lot. I often wonder about him, but I cannot find him. Maybe he died. I have found that it is not worth finding lost friends on Facebook. I am not the same person they knew and many of them are the same. I have clashed with almost all of them. Stills has brought in many friends to help record his first solo and some are obvious like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr, and former band mates Crosby and Nash. This album is surpassingly amazing so check it out on Spotify. 9/10.


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