David Crosby puts on music because he’s going to die soon

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David Crosby has revealed that thinking about his death prompted his career-ending exit.

“I made records at an amazing rate. I made five albums in six, seven years. It’s an absurd pace to release albums,” he noted in an interview with Golden High School’s journalism class (via Best Classic Bands). “The reason is that I’m going to die.”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explained to students that awareness of his mortality kept him focused on continued creation.

“Everyone dies. I’m sure someone told you that. And I want to put out all the music I can before I do,” Crosby explained. “Now I’m 80, so I will die soon. That’s how it works. And so I really try to create as much music as possible, as long as it’s really good. …I already have another in the box waiting.

Crosby’s latest album, Freewas released in 2021. The LP was his fifth since 2014. He recently confirmed that he was done with touring, stressing that he was “too old” for a life on the road.

During a chat with UCR in 2021, Crosby admitted that he still loves recording new songs, even though streaming services have diminished the value of the music. “I don’t get paid for it, but I love recording and that’s what I’ll leave behind,” Crosby explained. “This is where I make my mark. I am happy. I’m not happy that someone else is making billions of dollars out of it and not paying me, but I love recording.

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