Backstory of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and Me

It’s odd that a group ranked so high would not have many life memories attached. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young would not show up until after high school and are not directly linked to any pertinent moments. But, they had some awesome music.

Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young, and Stewart

There is not a single moment where I remember hearing CSN(Y). I don’t remember my dad ever listening. My mom seems like she would have liked them but never listened. Todd, my brother, never played their albums. My only guess is Erik Stewart.

Team Erick in high school, Erik Stewart was one of my closest friends. Although a year older, Erik and I were good high school friends. His brother, Kyle, was in my graduating class and we probably met in 1997. There were ten of us that hung out regularly. Most of us bonded over our backyard wrestling federation. Erik and I commonly bonded over music.

Erik Stewart as Kobb in the DTWF Backyard Wrestling
Erik Stewart (seen as Kobb in the DTWF) was one of my best friends and high school and my music buddy.

He (Erik – pronouns, pal) was the first of our friends to drive. Part of getting a license was driving around the streets of Martins Ferry – for no particular reason. Making new CDs for the drives seemed to be something we did on a weekly basis. This was when we both suggested and introduced each other to new sounds.

If memory serves me correct, Erik’s father was a fan of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. I remember Erik asking if I ever heard them. How ridiculous of a name for a band, I thought. I bet the first song was “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”.


Eric Hersey Mix CD Based on the songs from 1970
The 70s CD.

Even though I have no musical background (besides the half-year I played trumpet), I love playing around and mixing music. This started when I would make music videos of my backyard wrestling federation with two VCRs and a cassette player. When I got Adobe Premiere, it only enhanced my options.

Remember those MTV CDs that would have one song bleed into the next track? Party to Go, I think they were called. My sister had one in the mid-90s and I thought it was the coolest thing. Of course, I wanted to recreate this in the 00s.

I started by gathering all of the hit songs from 1970. I was going to create a mix with my favorite songs and edit them together on Adobe Premiere and export each track. Everything worked as planned. It was a great mix.

I remember having John Lennon’s “Power to the People” and a few other classics. The best transition and best songs was “Our House” by CSNY. I don’t remember the exact transition, but every time I hear that song – I remember that CD.

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