In 1990, I moved to California after trying my luck in about 20 different cities across the United States, singing and playing guitar in different rock bands. It all started when I got my first jaywalking ticket, a $10 ticket for not crossing the street at the light. For a former New Yorker, this was an amazing experience of one of the unique aspects of California reality. The weirdest part was that the following day, 20 miles away in a different part of town, I got a second $10 jaywalking ticket.I put these two tickets in my junk drawer, figuring that since I had a Minnesota driver’s license, these tickets would never catch up with me. But somehow they found my new California address and each month they would send me an updated ticket that doubled every time. I also managed to get an $80 speeding ticket while driving through Beverly Hills practicing my creative visualization, imagining that my red Plymouth Duster was a Porsche.
Over the course of three discs, VOYAGE neatly navigates the long, rich career of David Crosby. Though he's best known as one-third of Woodstock-era folk-rock harmonists Crosby, Stills & Nash, the man with the angelic voice and the walrus moustache boasts a resume whose high points extend well beyond that association. VOYAGE doesn't stint on CSN (and sometimes Y) material, but the journeys into his early days with the Byrds, his solo albums, duo recordings with Graham Nash, and latter-day work with CPR are equally telling. From the mid-'60s Byrds tracks up to the present day, Crosby's knack for close, complex vocal harmonies, unusual jazz-influenced chord structures, and raga-tinged melodic lines serves as a connecting thread. VOYAGE allows listeners to follow Crosby's winding path through disparate eras, stopping off to marvel at the gorgeous sonic scenery along the way.