David Crosby took on a unique role in April 2019 with Rolling Stone by signing on as an advice columnist. The singer-songwriter’s column, aptly named “Ask Croz,” had him answering reader questions on a variety of topics. These topics ranged from a teen struggling with a fear of death to how to try edibles properly.
Crosby died last month at age 81 following a long illness. However, it turns out he left one more column for the magazine to publish. As with his previous columns, Croz offered up some incredible wisdom.
Rolling Stone notes, “Sessions usually took place when he visited New York, but they slowed down during the pandemic. In the summer of 2021, a camera operator came to his house in Santa Ynez, California, with a fresh stack of questions. We didn’t know this would be our final opportunity to extract wisdom from the singer … But it was an incredible, hysterical session. These answers have never been seen before — consider them a parting gift from Croz.”
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Crosby’s final column features eight questions. The whole column is worth a read, as is every installment of “Ask Croz.” There is one question that seems to stick out the most, and it closes out the column. A baby boomer reader named Richard laments how disappointed he is in his generation. He said he thought when boomers got to be “in charge” the world would be full of “peace, love, and understanding.” He bluntly asks Croz, “What the f-ck happened?”
Croz begins, “Well, I’ve asked myself the same thing. I’m an idealist. I wanted to think that we could do better. I think there is an innate goodness in human beings and that it’s natural for them to head that way.”
He continues, “We are trying to evolve as human beings to the point where we don’t have ego, and anger, and greed, and lust running our affairs. I don’t know if we’re going to make it. I believe that we will, but that’s mainly because I need to believe that we will to keep going.”
Crosby beautifully concludes, “Whether that helps you or not, I don’t know. My suggestion is don’t lose your idealism. Just be patient and keep trying. If we quit trying, it all goes in the sh-tter.”
Those as some pretty wise words from a man that seemingly did and saw it all. It’s yet another reason why so many miss him.