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PostSubject: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:00 am

So sad...I have ALWAYS loved Neil Diamond! Such a great singer!!! Blue

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” said Diamond.

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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:50 am

This is really sad news.  I've been a Neil fan since I was a kid.  Amazing singer and songwriter.  Here's one of my favorites.

Stones would play inside her head,
and where she slept, they made her bed.
And she would ache for love and get but stones...


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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:23 pm

I have so many favorites, and can't begin to name them all.  Everybody loves "Sweet Caroline"!  I mean, who can actually listen to it without singing along? ♪♫♪Bah, bah, bah..♪♫♪  And the loneliness felt when he sings, "I AM!" hits me right at the heartstrings...His songs are the perfect road trip tunes!!! He says he's still going to be writing songs, just not touring and performing them.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:43 pm

Perfect! Did you know that Sweet Caroline was inspired by Caroline Kennedy?



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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:57 pm

One of my favorite live concert albums is still Neil's "Hot August Night" recorded at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 1972.  Here are the two closing numbers, "Soolaimon" and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."  The vocals starting at 5:20 send a chill up my spine.  Good Lord.  It's amazing how a Jewish kid from Brooklyn was able to channel a backwoods southern preacher so effectively!  (Sorry about the goofy visuals in the vid. HeeHee )

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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:33 pm

I love Neil Diamond and I am so sorry to hear he is retiring.


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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:07 pm

Rob wrote:
Perfect!  Did you know that Sweet Caroline was inspired by Caroline Kennedy?

Yes!  I had heard that!  And could he belt it out!!!  Wink


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One of my favorite live concert albums is still Neil's "Hot August Night" recorded at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in 1972.  Here are the two closing numbers, "Soolaimon" and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."  The vocals starting at 5:20 send a chill up my spine.  Good Lord.  It's amazing how a Jewish kid from Brooklyn was able to channel a backwoods southern preacher so effectively!  (Sorry about the goofy visuals in the vid. HeeHee )

OH, come on Rob!  We both grew up in the '60's...how are those goofy visuals any different from what we had back then???
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:09 pm

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OH, come on Rob!  We both grew up in the '60's...how are those goofy visuals any different from what we had back then???

greenS These are probably tamer.   But they just seem so unrelated to the music.  Speaking of that, has anyone ever successfully categorized Neil's music?  I guess for the past 30 years or so you could call it pop.  But the earlier stuff is very hard to label.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:34 pm

I googled what music genre was Neil Diamond's music and it came up with;

Neil Diamond Genres
Pop music
Rock music
Folk music
Country music
Soft rock

Now, if you want to take his songs and list them where they belong, go for it!  I think he is his own genre...
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:18 pm

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Now, if you want to take his songs and list them where they belong, go for it!  I think he is his own genre...

I think you're right! And thanks for that link. Interesting indeed.

I once read an interview where Neil talked about why he went from being a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter to someone viewed by many as an unhip middle-of-the-road crooner. He said he felt it was all because of a shirt. Sometime in the '70s he played a concert wearing a shirt with puffy sleeves and glitter on it. The next day he read a review that basically said, "Great concert, but ugh, that shirt has to go!" Having a contrary streak, Neil thus began wearing shirts that were even more glittery and puffy. Before long he looked like a refugee from the Vegas strip, and the critics started treating him accordingly. That's his theory anyway. Maybe there's some truth to it, but in all honesty, his music in the mid-'70s did take a turn toward the middle of the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:20 pm

He reminds me of my oldest...he's his own person and if you mock that, he'll carry it even further just to make his point! HeeHee

The first sentence of that article I posted holds a powerful bit of trivia..."Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond wrote "I'm A Believer" for The Monkees." That was one of the Monkees most popular songs, and then YEARS later it was used in Shrek and became popular with that generation. A very talented artist and I can't wait to see and hear the songs he will be creating since he won't be touring anymore!



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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:23 pm

Rhonda wrote:
He reminds me of my oldest...he's his own person and if you mock that, he'll carry it even further just to make his point! HeeHee

Good for him. Thumbsup

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The first sentence of that article I posted holds a powerful bit of trivia..."Singer and songwriter Neil Diamond wrote "I'm A Believer" for The Monkees." That was one of the Monkees most popular songs, and then YEARS later it was used in Shrek and became popular with that generation.  A very talented artist and I can't wait to see and hear the songs he will be creating since he won't be touring anymore!

When the Beatles stopped touring, their music went up to a whole 'nother level. I hope it's the same with Neil.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:40 pm

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Neil's birthday is tomorrow. He'll be 77 years old. I bet he never dreamed he would be retiring from his concert tours because of an illness. I'm just glad he'll continue his career by writing songs. I would imagine he'll still go to the recording studio for as long as he can...

Happy Birthday, Neil Diamond!
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:17 am

I read that the average age of Parkinson's diagnosis is 60. I wonder if Neil was just diagnosed, or if he's known of it for some time and is retiring now that he's feeling its effects. I know someone who was diagnosed in his mid-50s, but only experienced minor symptoms 'til he was in his early 70s.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Diamond Retiring   Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:21 pm

Rob wrote:
Perfect!  Did you know that Sweet Caroline was inspired by Caroline Kennedy?



  scratchead Neil has broken his silence about who the song was inspired by and for... Read Here



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