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11/12/2013 07:58 am ET

Keep On Rockin': It's Neil Young's 68th Birthday

Few people have had such a dynamic effect on the rock, folk, and country music scenes as Neil Young. As he celebrates his 68th birthday today (Nov. 12), it only makes sense that we toast the many lessons he has taught us through his wicked guitar licks and lyrical landscapes.

In 1970, Young showed us how to speak out against the abusive powers that be with the anthemic song "Ohio." At the ripe age of 26, he reminded us that even when you are young, rich and famous, all you really want is a "heart of gold." On his 20th studio album, he reminded us that there's nothing quite like a dance in the moonlight with the one you love.

While the list of life instructions goes on and on, let us celebrate Young's birthday with this sentiment in mind: "Some get stoned, some get strange, but sooner or later it all gets real. Walk on."

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