Sat down tonight and watched a Neil Diamond concert from 1976. Wow does he look great, 37 years ago I looked better too. I am 54, but sometimes forget how many years have come between 1976 and now.
Neil Diamond was one of the first concerts I saw in my life. He was great, saw him in Mobile, Alabama while stationed in Pensacola, Florida. He did an excellent show and I could tell he was a great person.
So the reason I even bring this up is that this last weekend: “The Amazing Story Of How Neil Diamond Ended Up Singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ At Saturday’s Red Sox Game To the surprise of many, Neil Diamond showed up to Fenway Park on Saturday to sing his classic hit, “Sweet Caroline,” during a Red Sox game that included a pre-game ceremony honoring the heroes and victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. But the story of how he ended up singing for the fans is even more incredible. According to Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com, Diamond showed up unannounced to Fenway Park about 30 minutes prior to the game. He then called up to the control room and simply asked if he could sing the song that is heard during the 8th inning of every Red Sox home game. In the age of appearance fees and musicians that make dozens of inane demands, it was an incredible gesture for the people of Boston. ”
The spontaneity of the moment could be heard during the performance (see video below). The Red Sox did not have a version of the song without vocals. So when Diamond is singing the song live to the fans, his voice can also be heard in the audio track. Still, it was a perfect addition to an emotional day at Fenway Park.
My friends I do not what to minimize what horrible things happened last week, but the good things we must focus on. God uses bad things for good. Let’s all reach out to someone in need and love them and appreciate the good things. Evil is Satan trying to change our hearts. We cannot open the door to him. So lets search and reach out to the great people that do honorable things.
Thanks Neil Diamond – appreciated you in 1976 and appreciate you in 2013.