PRESIDENT’S POST Déjà Vu/Looking Forward

November 2009
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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PRESIDENT’S POST

Déjà Vu/Looking Forward

by Florrie Binford Kichler

PRESIDENT, IBPA

“I love you, Stephen!” yelled the 50-something, tattooed woman sitting on the grass to my right.

To her, and indeed to the entire audience of aging boomers, many of whom had last seen David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills in concert in the ’60s, it seemed that nothing had changed. Sure, the band was older, grayer, and a little heavier (aren’t we all?), but we still remembered the lyrics from “Déjà Vu” (and we still felt we’d know just what to do if we’d ever been here before), and by the end of “Suite Judy Blue Eyes,” I loved Stephen too.

Not because he hadn’t changed, though. Because he had. Sure, Mr. Stills and his bandmates sang the old favorites, but they also included a few from a new album they are currently recording—four decades after Déjà Vu was released. No band survives 40 years without constantly reinventing itself, while at the same time retaining the core of what made the music unique at the start.

Neither does a publishing association.

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