Sunday, February 18, 2018

Neil Diamond: I Am... I Said (1971)

Aspirational Change

Neil Diamond [born in Brooklyn, NY in 1941]: I Am... I Said (1971), a song about personal aspirations and fears, the type written by persons on the cusp of change.

I was saddened by the news of Mr. Diamond’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease; and as a result, he recently announced that he will stop touring, which he had done commendably and remarkably for more than 50 years. His music has brought much joy to millions of people around the world, and the songs are much more reflective than some critics say, tapping into universal fears: But I got an emptiness deep inside/And I've tried/But it won't let me go/And I'm not a man who likes to swear/But I never cared for the sound of bein' alone.