Neil Young on creating evergreen content (via the re-release of On The Beach in the early 2000s, emphasis added):
“On the Beach” is a record that reflected what was going on at that time, and what was going on in my life at that time, and I think, like anything, if it’s true in the first place, it’ll be true forever. It should just ring differently, but it will still ring. If you’re contriving it or working tooo hard to create something, then it’s not going to ring true later on. So I’m glad “On the Beach” is happening now, and I hope people get something out of it.
It doesn’t have to be clever. If you aim to find what’s clear and true about something, it can be just as impactful down the road.
Source: Thrashers Wheat