Musician Graham Nash reminds Kenoshans that our decisions do matter

Musician Graham Nash reminds Kenoshans  that our decisions do matter

Only 30% of adults in the United States have an advance directive. Yet, 100% of us will, at some point, face the end of life. Many people do not understand that Wisconsin is NOT a next of kin state.  This means that without a Power of Attorney for Health Care, it is not guaranteed that your spouse of 50 years or your closest friend can make decisions for you if needed. 

The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) website reminds us, “We plan for all kinds of life events–college, marriage, children, and retirement. Despite the conversations we have for these important milestones, rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives or at any point that we may be unable to direct our own health care.”  

For the second year, the Kenosha County Care Transitions Coalition identified community members who have had a variety of experiences with completing an advance directive.  Sheriff Beth completed his a year ago as part of a class offered for Kenosha County employees.  Principal Kaufmann and Reverend Lowe had meant to get this done earlier.  Cameron Swallow completed hers a while ago and it was time to review it.  Miss Kenosha 2018, Maria Salerno, reminds us how important this step is for young adults.  They invite you to join them on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to hear their stories.

According to the NHDD website, “National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage every adult to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.”  

This year’s event will also include a video introduction with the legendary musician Graham Nash sharing his thoughts and experience with advance care planning. From rock stars to public servants, everyone can benefit from participating in this valuable community conversation!

Come out on Tuesday, April 16th, from 2 – 4 p.m. to Brookside Care Center, Southport Room, 3506 Washington Rd, Kenosha. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is appreciated. To register or to learn more call the ADRC at 262-605-6646.

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash has made his mark as a founding member of The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, & Nash and its various incarnations, in addition to a respectable solo career. The Lancashire, England native has always been a proud liberal social activist who has always been vocal and active in causes which have led to his writing rallying songs such as “Chicago,” and “Immigration Man.”

When he is not focusing on music, Nash also has a love for photography. It’s a hobby he started at the age of 10, thanks to his father, who bought him his first camera – an Agfa. 

So, how did a rock star like Graham Nash get involved in Healthcare Decision Day? Helen Sampson of the Kenosha County ARDC has the answer.

“Because I asked,” she told Smart Reader. “I have known Graham since about 1984 and I think every social worker should have a rock star in their back pocket! Over the years he has been consistently willing to help in a myriad of ways.” 

Nash has used his name to help Sampson promote her ambitious projects while she worked at the Council on Aging in Brookline, Massachusetts, and she was more than happy to make the call when the opportuninty rose to have him help out in Healthcare Decision Day 2019. 

The Long Career of Graham Nash

In the 1960s, Nash was enjoying success with his band The Hollies. Their 1966 single “Bus Stop” and “Carrie Ann” the following year were top ten hits on the Billboard charts. In 1967, David Crosby left his band, The Byrds, two years after their hit “Mr. Tambourine Man” topped the charts. Steven Stills was in the prominent band Buffalo Springfield, and writer of their hit song “For What It’s Worth.” The supergroup formed naturally, at a party at Joni Mitchell’s house in July 1968 when Nash asked Stills and Crosby to sing a song and Nash improvised a third-part harmony. The three realized they had a special vocal chemistry.  Becoming more creatively frustrated with the Hollies, Nash decided to quit the band and work with Crosby and Stills. Their first album, “Crosby, Stills, & Nash” was released in May 1969 and featured the hit “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” 

The band was looking for that little extra for the group and they were led to Buffalo Springfield member Neil Young. Stills, a former bandmate of Young’s in Buffalo Springfield, had reservations about brining him on, but after a few meetings, the group agreed to expand to a quartet with Young as a full partner.  Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young had their first live performance as a four-piece at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago on August 16th, 1969. They mentioned that they were headed to someplace called Woodstock the next day, but they had no idea where that was.

The group’s early morning performance at the iconic music festival boosted their popularity, as did the 1970 release of “Deja Vu,” their most popular album. It sold over 8 million copies and spawned three hit singles, “Woodstock,” “Teach Your Children,” and “Our House.”

Although musically, the band were magical, offstage was a different story. The four frequently clashed with each other and their personality clashes led to a break-up in July 1970.  Throughout the years, the group would reunite often, sometimes just as a duo with Nash and David Crosby, as the classic trio, and occasionally with Neil Young in tow. 

In 2016, Nash released his sixth solo album “This Path Tonight,” his first studio album in fourteen years.  The possibility of a reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) looks pretty bleak. In 2016, Nash told Billboard that he is done with David Crosby. 

“In my world, there will never, ever be a Crosby, Stills, and Nash record or show. Right now, I don’t want anything to do with Crosby at all. It’s just that simple,” he said, according to dailymail. 

By Helen Sampson, Kenosha County ARDC, & Jason Hedman
This article was originally published in The Smart Reader, April 6th