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You Crazy Diamond
Here's a non-work story: I saw Neil Diamond in concert this evening. My friend A was lucky enough to get some free tickets, and she got a small group of us together to enjoy it. I almost didn't go... his is not usually the type of music I listen to, for one thing. I know some of his stuff, of course, but not much.

But he IS a legend, after all, and the ticket was free, and the company good. So I went along. I'm glad I did.

We were walking into the Palace and one of our group remarked something like, "There are a lot of older people here, of course. Like us. Well, the two of us, not you." She said this last bit to A and me, "You're too young for this concert!"

I grinned. "Yeah but I had nothing else to do, so I thought I'd check out this Neil...Ruby? What's his name? Neil Sapphire?" We all chuckled as we found our seats -- sixth row balcony, not bad at all. The folks on the stage were small, but my view was unobstructed, and I also was right near the big video screen.

I have this to say about the concert: bands today don't have enough horns. Gosh, I do enjoy the look and sound of old-style big bands, with horn players moving in unison and jamming.

I have this to say about the band: those guys produced some great sound, and they were FULL of energy! He said at one point that they'd been playing together for 30 years. The whole band? I don't know, but certainly none of them were young. But they rocked, seriously.

I have this to say about Neil: I hope when I am sixty-something years old I have that kind of skill and power. He owned the stage, he sounded awesome, and he was quite the dancer! The audience loved him, and he loved them right back.

Even though I was not very familiar with the music, I spent the entire concert moving to the music, tapping my feet, nodding my head, and clapping. I was startled to see that two hours had passed when it ended -- I quite enjoyed the show, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to see him perform his magic!

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From: stilldocked Date: August 6th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I started going to see him when I was in college...in all seriousness, he rocks...really really hard...Only Iggy does a show with as much energy...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 6th, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never seen Iggy, but this was a great show!
jagdoe From: jagdoe Date: August 6th, 2005 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww. Your story turned on my heart-light, and made me think of sweet Caroline coming to America for the red, red wine. I am ... I said ... I am in awe that he can play me a tune and he's got the way to make me happy. He ain't heavy, he's my brother.

Gaah! I have to stop that. I heard too much of his stuff on 8-track in my parent's multicolored van. That, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Abba. I think of those only Abba I can listen to anymore.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 6th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
heeheehee! My parents never listened to any of that stuff (they prefer classical), so it wasn't nearly so familiar.

I like Abba too. (:

(good heavens, how did i manage to get logged out without noticing? oops)
jagdoe From: jagdoe Date: August 8th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Your backwards smileys still drive me nuts. Smileys are like this :) not this (: . Left to right! Didn't anyone ever teach you to write left to right? !sdrawkcab secnetnes ym gnitirw og t'nod I Why should you write your smileys that way, then?

Smiley wars!

:) (:
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hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 8th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't be knocking the smileys! (:
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 14th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I write my smilies from left to right: I start with the mouth them go on to the eyes. They're just not top-down design. It's more of an Agile approach to smilie-making: I begin with the minimum required to make a smilie (the smile) then proceed to add extra features (eyes, nose, hat, etc) as the need requires.

Yeah, that's it....

Either that or I just like to be different.

(-:>o

jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 6th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't someone going right to bed?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 6th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wrote it in bed.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: August 6th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep forgetting you laptop.

Do you find it hard getting out of bed in the morning with the distracting laptop being right there?

With the laptop in bed with you no wonder you have problems getting to sleep.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: August 7th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The loss of horn sections in music is a tragedy. Real people playing real wind instruments sounds so much better then anything synthisized. You want to listen to some good muic with a great horn section? Tower of Power. They have been around forever and have some great stuff. Dirty Dozen is good too, but in more of a jazzy, New Orleans sorta way.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: August 14th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Y'know, I never really started listening to Neil Diamond until a guy at work asked me if I had any CD's by him, which I acquired soon after when my dad's girlfriend pawned one off on me. Don't get me wrong, I knew who the man was, I had heard some of his songs in passing, etc., but I didn't really *listen* to him until recently. He is terrific. Never seen him live, but I did recently burn a 2-disc live set by him for said coworker, and then for myself, just so I could take it off the hard drive and put something else in. :) Guess that compensates for missing him this time around. Can't see everything.

And did you know he wrote "Red Red Wine"? Some of the guys at work DIDN'T know that one! I'm still partial to UB40's version, though. :)

Either way, glad you enjoyed the show. And as far as horn sections, you might also want to check out the J.B.'s. They're James Brown's backup band and some of the funkiest horns on the planet. The 2-disc set "Funky Good Time" is HIGHLY recommended.

E-mail me sometime...we haven't talked in a while! :) That is, only if you want to.
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