Neil Diamond was in town this week performing at the Verizon Center. It has been a few years since I attended one of his shows, so I was looking forward to see how my friend was doing in “Life’s Third Act.” As is expected, he did not disappoint. The over the top shows in the round of the 1980s and 90s are gone and even though there is still some glitz on his shirts (to catch the lights), the total sequined shirts are gone too. What is left is what we’ve always loved – the man and his music.
For two hours, he sang, performed, told stories, and had us dancing and remembering the simple fun of our youth and younger years. He shared a photo of his grandmother who came to America years ago and inspired his famous song of the same title. He teased with his bride who was in the audience and proudly showed off his new wedding ring while telling the ladies in the audience that wife #3 allows him to look but not touch. He shared stories behind the songs he wrote in the 1960s that are imprinted on us as much as our family experiences. And he told of his last trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored by President Obama and the Kennedy Center.
At the end of evening, I felt relaxed as if I had spent an evening with an old friend catching up. And that is a very nice feeling indeed. Thanks Neil!