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Mar
04
2011

I never listen to Neil Diamond.

I’ve never been to a Neil Diamond concert.

I’ve never wanted to see a Neil Diamond concert.

I have no idea if Neil Diamond performs in concert.

I’ve never hung a Neil Diamond poster on my wall.

I’ve never had a dream about Neil Diamond.

I’ve never seen Neil Diamond on television.

I’ve never noticed any kind of Neil Diamond absence in my life.

But for some reason, I’m going to see Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond cover band, in New York City tonight. Rick is totally ready……

mama bird notes:

Looking for something to do in NYC this weekend with kids? How about checking out the new show “Mischief” or the Juggling Festival?


27 Responses to call me sweet caroline

  • Jennifer says:

    Speechless! You really have a great muse in Rick. My husband dragged me to a Neil Diamond concert back in the day. I am sure he would have really enjoyed the cover band.

  • Portia says:

    OMG that is hilarious! The baby seemed to enjoy the performance! Well I can do a mean Sweet Caroline myself!!

  • Diane says:

    Sweet! My daughter Caroline loves Neil’s song. Think of it this way – it could be worse. You could be going to see someone like John Denver (which I”m embarrassed to admit I have). Except that he’s dead. Be sure to drink heavily before you go.

  • Angi says:

    You really should warn people not to attempt to watch something that funny while driving down the road. Because I would never do something like that. I also wouldn’t type this comment while driving. You’ve got to give it to him; if his tv career fizzles, he’s got a plan b.

  • Tara says:

    I actually DID see Neil Diamond in concert at Madison Square Garden a long time ago….shockingly he was awesome and those songs get stuck in your head for weeks!!!

  • Janna says:

    Super Diamond’s the best! We used to see them in San Diego all the time. I wasn’t a big ND fan either. Maybe Rick can join the band. πŸ™‚

  • Allison T says:

    Do you ever feel like your only kid-impressing skill is knowing all the words to songs they’ve never heard? “look at me, kids! I know all of Bon jovi’s Halfway There!!”

  • francine Kasen says:

    I actually have a ND story myself! Go back….back….back to 1969. First date with a much older man…. with chest hair !! True Grit with JW. Number 1 song? Sweet Caroline, which conveniently rhymes with Sweet Franny Stein. So David sings it to me and it becomes “our song”. Now whenever it is played…that’s what the cool peeps sing! Saw him in concert a few years ago and got the whole section singing it that way! Rock on!

  • Allyson says:

    The first concert I ever went to see was Neil Diamond. I can sing all the lyrics to most of his songs. I don’t know what that says about me.

  • Nancy Walton says:

    I too have a ND story, or rather a ND cover band story. Cherry Cherry has been to Missoula 3 years in a row and as Fake Neil said on stage, “Neil stated that we’re his 4th favorite cover band!” Talk about dubious distinction. But not so dubious as the second year when he asked for a volunteer to sing a duet with him and all of my 30-something friends made him pick me. “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” was the song and believe, I’m no Barbara Streisand. The worst part though was that I don’t know the song except for the melody on the chorus, so I had to be Fake Barbara and don’t think I pulled it off quite as well as Fake Neil did. It was pretty cool singing to a 10-piece orchestra though. When I left the stage, Fake Neil told me quietly, “learn the song and when we come back next year, we’ll do it again”. Sadly, I didn’t make it to the next year’s show. . .

    BTW, Rick ROCKS the Neil! His performance accessory is darned cute, too!

  • 1. I have been to three Neil Diamond concerts.
    2. My mother has been obsessed with Neil Diamond since the ’70’s.
    3. My 5-year old son’s favorite song is Sweet Caroline.
    4. My husband adores the Red Sox, whose unofficial theme song? Sweet Caroline.

    All this and I still would never go to see a ND cover band. So somehow, some way, you’re more of a fan than me or my family.

    Rick does a mean lip-sync, however.

  • Cherie says:

    Hi Kelcey, It’s me, Cherie from Wallingford, CT! It has been years and what a beautiful woman you have become with such a lovely family. It is hard to believe that little Quinn is all grown up with a sweet little babe of her own. I, too am all grown up, 45 yrs old with a beautiful 8 yr old girl named, Caroline! We live in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, another world from your life in New York. I love you blog. Peace, Cherie P.s.s. Send my love to your Mom, Susan.

  • If you’re ever along again in your life, at home, put on old Neil Diamond (Sweet Caroline, Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Soul, Cracklin Rosie, and of course I am, I said) and I DARE you not to sing at the top of your lungs. You’ll feel totally cleansed and healed afterwards, I swear. Now as for a cover band? Weeellll….somehow, it’s just not the same.

  • Justin B is on the closing credits of “The Karate Kid” singing with Jaden Smith; my 6 yr old demanded we play that clip over and over and over. “It’s a great song, mommy,” he said. And then “Is that Justin Bieber a real person?” I said, “no.”


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