‘David Crosby Was Not Lying In Bed For Two Years,’ Longtime Collaborator Explains

David Crosby never stopped working throughout his music career. Although he was in his 80s, he was still eager to make new music efforts. Speaking to Variety, Crosby’s long-term collaborator Steve Postell revealed that the CSNY icon actually had many plans for the future. According to the guitarist, Crosby was still working for the last two years of his life.

“David didn’t think he would last for years, which he joked about all the time,” Steve Postell said. “But there was no sense that we wouldn’t be able to do this show and these tours. We were talking tour buses and what kind of venues, and the whole team was all back together again — the road manager and tour manager and sound guys — on top of this band we’d put together.”

Recalling their final rehearsal, he continued, “There was not even a remote sense that we weren’t about ready to hit the world. And it’s a shame people didn’t get to hear it. This was something else. This was as close to the original thing as we would get. It was very powerful. David seemed practically giddy with all of it. He showed us new songs, like, ‘What do you think of these lyrics?’ He hadn’t lost the fire.”

Postell then noted, “I want people to know that he was on it. He was writing, playing, singing his a** off, and preparing a fantastic show. That’s what he was doing. He was not lying in a bed for two years, [he was] out of it. That’s not what happened at all. There was some misinformation, but there always is. It’s hard for people to get a straight story. He was a weakened guy from many different preexisting conditions, and everyone knew it — but he was not dying. We were rehearsing. We were going out to dinner.”

“I never got to be in the studio with him when I was recording those vocals,” Sarah Jarosz recalled, revealing she was recording vocals for Crosby’s next album. The singer also added, “But he and James had reached out to me about a month ago saying they were working on this new album, and he really wanted me to sing on a new song, ‘Talk Till Dawn.’”

Jarosz continued, “It had just been a few days since I sent the vocal off, but the way James made it seem to me was that he did get to hear it before he passed, which is extremely emotional for me. I guess the way that I would describe the song is quintessential David Crosby —interesting chord movement and just a beautiful, stunning vocal performance. He just wanted to create until the very end, and that was always my impression of him in our conversations.”

She concluded his words about the late icon, saying, “He was so full of music, and it always struck me because, as a young musician myself, I think it’s easy to sometimes look at someone who’s had a long life and incredible career and think: How can they still have that drive and that fire within them? I always was so inspired after talking to him because it seemed like he had endless music within him and worked so hard to keep making it, obviously up until the very end. I’ll always hold onto that.”

So, Steve Postell argued that Crosby was constantly joking about his remaining time on the earth. According to the musician, Crosby actually had plans for a tour and was working on new songs for future albums. Sarah Jarosz, with whom Crosby had plans to work on new efforts, also argued that the musician wanted to create until his last breath. In December, Crosby himself announced another album was in the works, but sadly he couldn’t complete the work.

It seems David Crosby wasn’t only working on a new album — he also assembled a new band, entered the studio for rehearsals, and had plans to hit the road this summer. Steve Postell claimed that the musician wasn’t lying on his bed trying to recover from a fatal illness but working relentlessly to create new music. Even the week before his passing, Crosby rehearsed with Postell and showed him new songs. For now, it remains unknown whether fans will have a chance to listen to those efforts.