Graham Nash Recalls “emotionally destroying” Moment In The Studio
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It Was A Tough Time For Him
In a new interview on Apple Music’s Zane Lowe Show, Graham Nash discussed the “emotionally destroying” experience he endured in the recording studio which resulted in tears. At the time, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were busy with their 1970 album Déjà Vu – their first as a quartet with Neil Young. It was when Nash realized it wasn’t easy working alongside Young.
“One of the things that we found out very quickly was just who Neil wanted to be as a person,” he said. “Neil Young is a brilliant musician, obviously, and one of the things that makes him such a brilliant musician is that he physically reacts to the muse of music.”
“When it’s going great, he’s right there, 100 percent,” he explained. “When it’s not going great, he’s going to turn left on the freeway where everybody else turns right.”
Nash noted, “We didn’t become a band like Crosby, Stills & Nash was. We became something else, and it was painful.”
Nash would finish a mix which everyone else in the studio loved but when he’d return the following day, he’d find out it was “completely redone”.
It got to a point where he looked over at his bandmates and “said, ‘Look, we’re blowing this. We’re just blowing this.’ And I started to cry.”
“And that’s the only time that I’ve ever cried when I was making music. That time was very emotionally distressing for me, because I want the song done,” he added. “I won’t quit until it’s done, but it was emotionally destroying.”
Déjà Vu was a landmark record. It topped the US Billboard 200 and also charted in other countries. It was eventually certified 7x platinum by the RIAA. Listen to the rest of the interview below.