All it takes is one song to bring back a thousand memories.
In 2004, I bought my first new car, a Nissan Murano, and I’m still driving it. When I bought it, Nissan offered a free trial subscription to XM radio. Satellite radio was fairly new at the time, and people didn’t feel it was necessary to pay for radio. I fell in love with the choice of commercial-free radio stations and listening to any music genre you could imagine. XM later merged with its other competitor, Sirius, and now Sirius/XM has millions of customers.
Friday night, I was flipping the stations and came across the limited Neil Diamond channel. It’s 24/7 Neil Diamond with interviews and stories about his music. All his songs played all the time, both the early recordings and the remakes that Neil recorded over the years.
Diamond began to gain fame in 1966 as a singer, performer, and songwriter. “I’m a Believer” became a gold record within two days of its release, and stayed at the top of the charts for seven weeks, making it the Popular Music Song of the Year in 1966. “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind” was recorded by Elvis Presley and Mark Lindsay with Paul Revere & the Raiders. His first record deal brought us “Solitary Man,” followed by “Cherry Cherry” and “Kentucky Woman.”
I could go on and on and list hundreds of his song titles. I have a few favorites, like “Be” and “I Am I Said” and “Brooklyn Roads.” Listening to his songs that were recorded in the 60s and 70s is much more enjoyable than his later recordings of the same songs because, as I recall, Neil smoked like a fiend for decades. I’m pretty sure he quit smoking years ago.
So I’m in the car, singing along with Neil at the top of my lungs. I still remember every word and I’m convinced that I sing better now than I did 50 years ago because I never smoked. He’s always been a great songwriter and I’ve enjoyed his music for so long. Is it really true that Neil is launching his “50 Year Anniversary World Tour” set to start in April 2017?
Have you bought your ticket yet?