Neil Young & John Greenleaf Whittier of the Merrimack Valley

Today’s NYTimes includes a capsule review of Neil Young’s new recording, “A Treasure,” which features a song inspired by the writing of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier, most often associated with Haverhill and Amesbury, but also a former Lowell resident when he was the editor of a newspaper in the Spindle City:

“It Might Have Been,” a song Mr. Young extrapolated from an opening verse by the 19th-century poet John Greenleaf Whittier, [is] perfect for a sawdust-covered dance floor.

Read the full text of Jon Pareles’s review here, and get the NYT if you want more.