Nash sees through young eyes
of weeks of rehearsals for the Crosby, Stills and Nash tour and we were all smiling,’’ he says.
‘‘I remember thinking ‘Holy shit! It’s been over 40 years, just with this band. In our case, it’s only (about) the music.
‘‘We long ago decided the music was far more important than our personal relationships – it will last longer.’’
And now, Nash seems closer to Crosby and Stills than ever. He credits working on their respective boxed sets for the fresh perspective he has gained.
He teamed with photographer Joel Bernstein to complete his own and Crosby’s boxed sets and is in the midst of creating one of Stills’ career.
‘‘It is intensely focused work because I am doing it for history. I did David’s because I wanted the world to see what a brilliant musician this kid is,’’ he says.
‘‘My partners are brilliant musicians, no question about it. One of the things I loved about doing the boxed sets is I re-fell in love with why I love these two blokes,’’ he says.
He remembers the moment his renewed love affair began.
Nash was working on Crosby’s retrospective and found tapes of the original recordings of Cowboy Movie, which featured on his debut solo record If I Could Only Remember My Name. Crosby wanted to use the third take. But Nash recalls Neil Young playing on the fourth take.
‘‘Neil always told Crosby that he used the wrong take. What I decided to do for David’s boxed set was move Neil’s guitar from take four to take three. It was at that moment I realised, ‘Boy, my friends are weird but I love ’em’,’’ he says.
Crosby, Stills and Nash play the Byron Bay Bluesfest’s Crossroads Stage on Good Friday at 10.30pm.
Crosby, Stills and Nash.