10 COM­MAND­MENTS: DAVID CROSBY

The ex-Byrds and CSN man has a whole load of hard-won wis­dom to im­part.

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1 NEVER TRUST A POLITI­CIAN

We have a truly hor­ri­ble Pres­i­dent right now. And a Congress that’s as bad as our Pres­i­dent. Our gov­ern­ment is in the toi­let. They’re just the worst that’s ever been. Trump is a fool and a child. I think the in­sti­tu­tions of the coun­try and the gov­ern­ment are sort of re­sist­ing his thrash­ing around, but he’s very dan­ger­ous. I found Obama in­spir­ing. I met him three times – a re­spectable, de­cent, very in­tel­li­gent guy with a re­ally good sense of hu­mour.

2 SET AN EX­AM­PLE RATHER THAN PREACH

It’s a very bad trap for an en­ter­tainer to get into. Yeah, it’s part of our job – his­tor­i­cally we come from troubadours who car­ried the news from town to town – but it’s only part. Our main job is to make you boo­gie, or take you on emo­tional voy­ages. Peo­ple take up the cause of the week, be­cause it’s fash­ion­able, or be­cause it makes ’em look good. The ones you wanna ad­mire are the ones who’ve been in there do­ing it the whole time and just plug­ging away at it: hu­man rights and women’s rights and civil rights. Try­ing to make things bet­ter. Have I ever been guilty of preach­ing my­self ? Sure. I’ve made ev­ery mis­take in the book laughs]. At one time or another I’ve made ev­ery mis­take there was.

3 DON’T DO HARD DRUGS

Ab­so­lutely the god­damn truth. Don’t fuck­ing do it. Don’t do any of ’em, at all. They’re a waste of time. The time I wasted… I could’ve been mak­ing mu­sic. Co­caine and heroin and speed. That’s the stuff. Ter­ri­ble. If you don’t do it, you didn’t miss a damn thing. I do know whereof I speak.

4 TREA­SURE LOVE

I’ve learned it bet­ter as I’ve gone along. I’ve al­ways been tilted that way, but you have to learn how to do it. You have to work at love. It doesn’t come for free. I’ve been to­gether with my wife for 41 years now. Do we still ar­gue? Yeah, sure, but we love each other.

5 PAY FOR MU­SIC

It’s a tough thing for us, man. We don’t sell records. We lost it. Done. They’re tak­ing our mu­sic and they’re not pay­ing. It’s theft. They’re steal­ing it. There’s a lot of peo­ple try­ing to fig­ure out a so­lu­tion. Some new kind of tech­nol­ogy might make it right, but in the mean­time, it’s down to live per­for­mance. That’s the only way we make any money now. We lost all the money from the records. It’s a bad deal.

6 DON’T BUY ANY OF THE WORLD’S RE­LI­GIONS

I don’t think any­body’s got the an­swer and I se­ri­ously mis­trust any­body who tells me that they do have the an­swer. Re­li­gions have a record of cre­at­ing prob­lems and screw­ing it up. That said, I like the cur­rent Pope a great deal. He walks the walk, he doesn’t just talk.

7 LET MU­SIC BE A LIFT­ING FORCE

It brings out the best in you. It sure makes you feel good. I write and play ev­ery day. There’s peo­ple that I lis­ten to all the time that make me feel up­lifted. Joni, Steely Dan, The Bea­tles…

8 GIVE UP SUGAR

I’m di­a­betic, but sugar is re­ally bad for every­body. It’s not a good food for any­body, let alone di­a­bet­ics. I eat sugar-free stuff. A sug­ary treat for me is an ap­ple.

9 THINK ABOUT HOW YOU JUDGE PEO­PLE

I judge peo­ple by what have they con­trib­uted, what have they cre­ated? Who they have helped, what they’ve made bet­ter. Not what they own or how fa­mous they are. I have a lot of he­roes in that re­spect – Pete Seeger, Gandhi, Martin Luther King. Muham­mad Ali was a huge hero of mine. Peo­ple who are coura­geous. Good hu­man be­ings.

10 RE­MEM­BER: WAR IS NOT THE AN­SWER

I feel very strongly about it. Not just be­cause I don’t like see­ing sol­diers get killed. A sol­dier kinda knew what he was get­ting into. The sol­dier joins an army and he knows what he’s up against. But for ev­ery sol­dier who gets hurt, there are a hun­dred civil­ians who never did any­thing to any­body. Chil­dren, for God’s sake, get­ting slaugh­tered. That is truly evil and what hu­man­ity needs to out­grow. My dream for hu­man­ity is for us to out­grow war, grow up and go out into the uni­verse and meet who­ever’s out there. And they are out there, for sure.

Muham­mad Ali: “a huge hero of mine.”

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