I can’t believe I’m going to see this supreme example of human badassery, generosity, and kindness perform his music today. Neil Young is one of the few music legends that has continued to inspire me over the years. There’s just something about this man’s heart that bleeds through every time I see him do anything. It’s beautiful, encouraging, uplifting, and empowering. And the deal was sealed when he performed for Conan O’Brien on his last episode of the Tonight Show.
And as if seeing a personal hero today wasn’t going to be enough, I somehow have the privilege of seeing the Foo Fighters, Band of Horses, K’naan, and the Black Keys on the same day.
Life isn’t fair. It’s way too good right now in so many ways. As I stand there today, soaking in the music of all these gifted people, I hope I will gain a deeper sense of how fortunate I am to live to live in this time and in this place. Since the festival was designed to raise awareness and support for attempting to end extreme poverty around the world, I hope I will leave Central Park later tonight with an equal measure of joy, sadness, and hope in my heart.
And here’s a nice article about the festival and some of the personal connections that the performers have to the cause.