Neil Young Was Right

No one really has time on a Friday. We are all striving for one thing – get through the day and get to the weekend. Accordingly, I am going to strive to devote Fridays to quick hits – shorter pieces that won’t take that long to get through.  If you follow this blog with any regularity, that’s what you can look forward to. We’ll see.

 
 
Thirty-plus years later, and I suddenly realize there is something more profound to the name of a Neil Young album than I first thought.
 
“Rust Never Sleeps”
 
No, it doesn’t. It is insidious. It is out there constantly working away at metal – eating away, corroding, destroying. It is only through diligence – diligence in cleaning, in polishing, in protecting – that rust is held at bay. 
 
“Rust Never Sleeps”
 
No, it doesn’t. It is insidious. It is out there constantly working away at your brain. It is only through diligence – diligence in using the brain, in learning more, in applying creative muscles, in refusing to succumb – that the rust is held at bay.
 
Rust always wins, because rust never sleeps. But it is our personal responsibility to make sure that we stave off that personal rust until the very last moment.
 
A quote from the first song on the “Rust Never Sleeps” album.
 
“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”
 
You burn out fighting the rust. You fade away when you let it win.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 by Mike Jacka

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