In recent weeks, Neil Young has been posting rare archival content, as well as new performance videos dubbed “Fireside Sessions,” on his Neil Young Archives website as a treat for fans sheltering at home because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Currently featured on the website is a rare documentary capturing Neil recording the soundtrack to the 1995 Jim Jarmusch film Dead Man, which starred Johnny Depp.
In a message Neil wrote to accompany the doc, he explains, “Jim Jarmusch’s film Dead Man remains a favorite for me. One of the few soundtracks I have done, it was accomplished like an old-time movie score, done live as the film played on multiple screens in a big soundstage where I had all my equipment set up and ready to go.”
Young continues, “[My longtime studio engineer] John Hanlon recorded the soundtrack in the truck outside the stage as I went through the entire film non-stop a couple of times. Ultimately, we chose the second half of the first take and the first half of the second take to be the final soundtrack. Jim is the camera man on this doc. Thanks Jim! What a great experience!”
The 25-minute film features Neil switching between acoustic guitar, electric guitar and piano as he records the sparse musical pieces that made up the movie’s soundtrack.
Meanwhile, Young promises to post a third installment of his “Fireside Sessions” videos soon. The performances are being filmed and edited by Neil’s wife, actress Daryl Hannah, inside and outside at their home in Telluride, Colorado, where they’ve been self-isolating. The first two “Fireside Sessions,” which are both still viewable on Young’s website, feature Neil playing a mix of obscure and well-known tunes on acoustic guitar and piano.
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