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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to CPR, a trio made up of singer-songwriter David Crosby, guitarist Jeff Pevar, and keyboardist James Raymond. Crosby brings a lot of musical history to the trio, having been in the The Byrds in the mid-to-late sixties and, after that, solo projects and ensemble configurations with fellow musicians Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young. CPR put Crosby in a jazzy rock vibe with his son, Raymond, and friend, Pevar, in the late 90s and early 2000s. Since then, Crosby and Raymond have written and recorded a batch of songs and records that have sparked a creative resurgence for Crosby.
You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to a brief article by Matthew Greenwald on AllMusic (about the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young version of this song, which came out in the same year as the live CPR version). Also included is a link to Freak Flag Flying, an excellent podcast series featuring Crosby in conversation with his friend, author Steve Silberman.
"Dream for Him" by CPR
1999 | Jazz rock band featuring David Crosby, Jeff Pevar, and James Raymond
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A loose and urgent jazz groove propels the song's lilting melody and the forcefulness of the rhythm echoes the lyrics to great effect. Essentially an open letter about [David] Crosby's concern regarding the world that his young son will inherit, his disgust with politics, the media, and false information in general all slip into the mix here. Despite the sweetness of the performance, the anger and low-key rage in Crosby's lyrics come through loud and clear.