I had the most AWESOME time at the Neil Diamond Concert today. I bought my ticket in January this year and have had it on my fridge for these past months.
I was excited all day!
I walked into the Air Canada Centre and gasped. There is something breathtaking about being in such a large venue. I sat there. Taking it all in. I went alone to this show - B is not a fan and another friend wasn't sure if she would make it. I was alone but I didn't feel lonely. There is a strange comfort in being amidst 30,000 people who are all in one space for the same reason you are. I had talked with someone earlier as we stood in line and she told me how she doesn't wait for people to join her any more. If she wants to do something she just does it! Her husband was with her today but she has been to concerts before on her own.
A lovely mother and daughter duo sat next to me. They were so sweet.
From the minute he came on stage I felt like I had transcended. Right through the show I had a big smile on my face. I laughed. I danced. I cried. Raised my hands. Cheered and clapped. It was so beautiful. His voice is still fantastic and you can hear those familiar tones and intonations you heard on the recordings. And the band was fabulous!
He performed straight for two hours. No break. Clearly age does not change things for some! The man is 74!
He did all the big hits - started with I'm a Believer. I don't remember the order of the rest but he did Love on the Rocks, Hello Again. Solitary Man, Cherry, Cherry, Forever in Blue Jeans, Cracklin' Rosie, Kentucky Woman, Red Red Wine, Heartlight... and more!
Play Me and I Am... I Said were exceptional and Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show was so much fun!
And of course - he did Sweet Caroline! :) I have no words. It was surreal really. Many years ago while listening to this song at a friends house at seminary I said - this feels like a worship song. I just want to lift my hands and close my eyes and sway!
And now - 12 years later - I did - listening to Neil Diamond sing Sweet Caroline live! :)