THE other day two young people of my acquaintance called Amy and Joel were pestering their father to change radio stations.

They didn’t want to listen to ”grandad radio” (ie Radio 2), they said. Just as their father went to switch over, Sweet Caroline came on. ”No, don’t!” they yelled and started dancing and singing along.

September 9, 2011

Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins & Meryl Streep to Receive 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the individuals who will receive the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 34th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, and actress Meryl Streep.

September 7, 2011

Neil Diamond uncut: The singer on dancing with Princess Diana and how he nearly played Travis Bickle

125 million records shifted (and two million more when you count next week’s Mail on Sunday free Neil Diamond CD)…In his own words, how he’s rocked all the way to 70 ‘The cardinal rule for any performer is that they should know themselves before they enter the spotlight, and I didn’t. I was just Neil and I did what I was supposed to do,’ said Neil Diamond….

May 14, 2011

Fabric of change

Hurricanes aren’t normally on our radar in this area. We don’t see the effects first hand but their impact travels far and wide.

Buck Lake resident Joni Pitzel got wind of 2008’s Hurricane Ike victims through the Internet. Pitzel is a huge Neil Diamond fan. Through a message board frequented by Diamond fans, Pitzel heard the renowned singer was raising funds for Oak Island, Texas. The former fishing village had suffered extreme devastation at the hands of the hurricane….

February 15, 2011