first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Neil Young is many things — a songwriter, poet, activist, pioneer of audio and clean energy technology — but above all, he is a musician’s musician.The legendary Winnipeg artist has spent more than half a century inspiring musicians globally while pushing his own musical boundaries, whether solo or in the form of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and collaborations with his backing band, Crazy Horse. From his infamously intense performance inThe Last Waltz to his nearly five-decade-old song recently setting the scene for HBO’s biggest new hit, Young’s voice has stood the test of time (and technology).In honour of his Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction this week, we’ve asked artists how Young has influenced their careers. Musicians from Cadence Weapon, the Barr Brothers, Jenn Grant, Alan Doyle and more picked a song of Young’s that has affected them the most — personally, professionally, but most often, both. Scroll down for picks taken from Young’s magnum opus, Harvest, to the more overtly political like Living With War — and a lot in between.All answers have been edited for clarity.Artist: Jolie HollandNeil Young song: “Don’t Cry No Tears;” “Revolution Blues;” “Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers”“Neil’s work is really everything to me. I couldn’t name a single song. It’s his entire ethos that inspires me. He doesn’t shy away from the beauty or the brutality, but he’s never gratuitous. ‘Don’t Cry No Tears.’ ‘Revolution Blues.’ ‘Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers.’ Among the big songwriters, he’s the lord of uncomfortable honesty. In that sense, he stands alongside Daniel Johnston. Neil’s always a model of aiming to the heart of the matter, but he never loses step with the muse. If she needs him to veer off in some crazy course, he’s right there with her. In that sense, Neil is among the most faithful of songwriters. You can feel it in all his work, his most transcendent songs as well as his most embarrassing ones. He knows meaning, but the music sends us right through the end of meaning, because Neil is that trusting, that available, to the muse.”.Artist: Brad Barr (the Barr Brothers)Neil Young song: “Don’t Let it Bring You Down”“The first time I heard this song, it reminded me of the way low-flying cumulus clouds break up the sunlight on bright days; thick shadows between moments of strong light. Even someone who knows little about music theory knows that most musical compositions are either in a major key or a minor key. In a nutshell: happy or sad. Classical composers often move freely between the two, but it’s rarely heard in classic rock, country, pop, etc. Neil does it on this song.READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment RICH FURY/AP Advertisement Twitterlast_img