In this fine profile of Neil Young, the great man says:
"When I was in my early twenties I started noticing that the times when we cut the wildest rock'n'roll, I'd go out of the studio and there would be a full moon. Then I noticed that it was waning when things fall apart. It's like musical weather. You can't deal with it." Since 1971, Neil Young has plotted the important events of his creative life — writing songs and recording them — by the lunar calendar. "If you're a writer, writing has to be No 1. That's one of the big rules," says Young, sounding more like the old block than a chip off it. "I never let a schedule drawn up by my manager or family members take precedence over a full moon.
Mr Young might be loony – literally – but he’s not as mad as you might think. This paper shows that phases of the moon can strongly affect stock market returns, because they influence investors’ attitudes to risk.
As another great song-writer, Dar Williams, recognized, the moon does more than tug at the seas and illumine the earth.
A disclaimer. You might think it’s blasphemy to mention Dar and Neil in the same breath as the stock market. You’d be right, if you only regard the stock market as a way of making money. But it’s not. It’s a place for studying human nature. Just like the songs of Dar and Neil.