This week marks the 41st anniversary of when 4 students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by members of the Ohio National Guard who were brought in to mitigate the riots that had ensued as a protest to the United States invasion into Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
Upon seeing the pictures of the incident in Life Magazine, Young wrote the lyrics to the song Ohio as a testament and memorial to those lost in such a horrible incident. The song was recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young on a single and released it in June of 1970.
I first heard this song a few years ago after taking a Rock History class in college and immediately became a fan and wanted to explore more of Neil Young's music. The song Ohio, along with its political undertones, features one of my all time favorite guitar riffs that is unmistakable as you listen to the song. For those of you that aren't familiar with Young's music you should definitely give it a shot, although it may not be for everyone. For those used to the mellow and acoustic tunes we usually write about on here you may be surprised what you find. Neil Young often includes copious amounts of reverb in his songs, bringing with it a sound that literally screams rock n roll. After listening to a recent release of his, fellow musicsourced writer Jamen described the sound as "If someone were to listen to this song live, the amount of reverb would probably kill them." Which by the way can't be proven as far as I know... I recommend highly checking out some of Neil Young's music and if you are like me, you will be playing the beginning to Ohio in your head all day long.