Most of the music I talk about here tends to be new music, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love older (sometimes much older) music as well. Tonight on the way home from a barbecue at a friends house I heard Cracklin’ Rosie by Neil Diamond on the radio. This isn’t one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs, but it made me think about writing a post about him.
I grew up listening to Neil Diamond as my parents are fans. Neil Diamond was my first concert. I also dragged my husband to see him in concert at the Verizon Center in DC a few years ago. I’m obviously not the only one who has some good childhood memories of listening to Neil Diamond because there were a surprising number of people there my age and even younger, which surprised me. I think Neil Diamond is a little bit like musical comfort food. He obviously somehow strikes a chord with younger people that other acts in his same era don’t as the crowds at both the James Taylor and Hall & Oates concerts that I went to in the past few years were almost entirely made up of people my parents age, which was not the case for Neil Diamond.
My favorite Neil Diamond song has always been America. My sister and I even choreographed some silly dance to it when we were little kids. It was also always prominently featured at the end of the laser light show at Stone Mountain in Georgia, near where we lived when I was a child. We always went to the laser show every summer until we moved away, and I loved the scene they set to that song. While back in Georgia for a wedding a few years ago my family went to the laser show. It happened to be the 25th anniversary of the laser show and so they were showing some of the favorite scenes from over the past 25 years, which worked out great for me because I got to be all nostalgic watching the scenes from my childhood including the one set to this song.