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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Neil

With the Grammy Awards tonite, I thought I would do something music-related today vs. a Sunday- religion-related post.  It's ironic that I pulled up the following draft of a post that I had started  several months ago about Neil Diamond.  Having learned of his retirement from touring due to Parkinson's, I feel just a tad guilty about what I wrote.  Just a tad mind you.

Here is my draft from sometime ago:

I always feel a little depressed whenever I hear a Neil Diamond song.  It has nothing to do with the song's contents as much as it does with Neil and the arc of his career.  

You see, when he first hit the scene in the late 60's with songs like Solitary Man, Shilo, Thank the Lord for the Night Time, Crackin Rosie,  Cherry Cherry, Kentucky Woman, Brother Love  etc. I remember thinking "Wow, this guy is great!  I've found another favorite that I can put in my rotation."  I still have all those early albums of his stashed away in the milk crates in my attic.  And today if I hear any of those early Neil songs I will always turn up the dial a little because I still enjoy listening to them.  

But then, somewhere along the way and I don't know if it was me or Neil that changed, I found myself just not into all the later stuff that he did.  I not only wasn't into it, I really didn't like it at all.  When Sweet Caroline got scarfed up by and for the Red Sox Nation that was the official end of anything Neil for me.  I was a little like the dude in this video.



That is as far as I got with that draft.  I filed it away thinking that I would some day parlay it with something related to hating-the-Red-Sox.  However, I never got around to it.

And now with the news about Neil's retirement and his health issues, I'm a little less negative about him.  He is 77 and has done his thing successfully for a very long time and I respect that. (Still can't and won't do Sweet Caroline though.)

Here's the famous 1980 Grammy show duet he did with some chanteuse from Brooklyn.  I like her as a red head.




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