Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond


1/24/1941, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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    • Neil Diamond (On his performances and his voice): My voice is unadorned. I don't try for perfection. I try to be honest and truthful and soulful with the voice I have. If I make mistakes in notes, or there are cracks in notes, I don't fix them. That's the way it is.

    • Neil Diamond: Neil Diamond impersonators will be much in demand at bar mitzvahs

    • Neil Diamond: I'd heard of Rick for a number of years, ... He's kind of a pioneer in the music business, and he's produced so many different types of music and artists that you can't help but know about him. And you wonder, 'What the heck is this guy going to do next?' without realizing that you were what he was going to do next! I found out quickly I was comfortable with him and liked what his ideas were. It was a no-brainer: Let's give it a try and have fun . . . and tell me where to stand

    • Neil Diamond: We are happy to become the first to play in this beautiful building. I know it will be the first of many (shows). We hope you remember us and that we played here first."

    • Neil Diamond: The recordings became bigger than the songs, which I came to understand is a backwards way of doing it. The songs have to come first and inspire everything else. If Rick did anything for me, he did that. He brought my focus back to the songs and made me feel comfortable about not worrying about how the recording of that particular song would be.

    • Neil Diamond: I was doing what I wanted to do, ... I was making the records I wanted to make where and when I wanted to do them. I wasn't looking aggressively for someone to come in and give me some new and fresh perspectives on my stuff. I was pretty happy with it and perfectly willing to continue as long as I could on that path

    • Neil Diamond: It was a new experience for both of us, ... Normally, I don't let a producer hear a song until I'm ready to record it. But Rick heard them from the beginning, sometimes when I just had a melody and some dummy lyrics.

    • Neil Diamond: The hardest part of this whole project. Each song has its own story, its own emotional content, its own reason for being.

    • Neil Diamond: I stayed away from it for years, thinking that there were many, many better guitar players than I and that I should stick to what I do best, the writing and singing, ... Rick didn't want to budge, and we argued about it almost every day in the studio. I played on every track, which means I lost every battle

    • Neil Diamond: I made a U-turn and went back 40 years to try to recapture those feelings, ... The major difference between this album and my first or second album is I think the lyrics now go to places I could never go to then

    • Neil Diamond: I couldn't resist. I went over and joined in, and we just sang the song together, ... They had no idea that I had written it, or who I was. I was just some weird guy who wanted to join in on the singing

    • Neil Diamond: We're happy that you're here and that you remember us, ... Remember Me

    • Neil Diamond: It is a little strange, I have to admit it, seeing someone up there trying to be you. A little weird but also fun. God bless them all, I hope they do great

    • Neil Diamond: That's show business

    • Neil Diamond: He kinda forced me to play [acoustic] guitar, which I did not want to do, and we argued about it almost every single day

    • Neil Diamond: Kind of unspoken, we both agreed to continue working and to get to the next stage, ... which was to have me write songs that Rick felt were right for me

    • Neil Diamond: He was a rap producer, and then he was producing rock with some alternative bands. I just didn't understand how I fit into that thing. But Bob Dylan's manager, who I know, called me and said, 'I know Rick very well. You should talk to him. He has no agenda. He just loves your stuff.

    • Neil Diamond: It's very difficult for me to say 'I love you' but to sing 'I love you' for me is easier

    • Neil Diamond: Be as a page that aches for a word/ Which speaks on a theme that is timeless

    • Neil Diamond: All the sparkly shirts and the stage trappings - that's just the performer, the public me, ... Songwriting is the hardest and most personal thing I do. When I'm writing, I'll go into the studio at six in the morning and stay until after dark, including weekends

    • Neil Diamond: Everywhere around the world They're coming to America Everytime that flags unfurled They're coming to America Got a dream to take them there They're coming to America Got a dream they come to share They're coming to America They're coming to America

    • Neil Diamond: I'm lucky. Hard work is the key, but luck plays a part

    • Neil Diamond: You have to go out there and give a piece of yourself -- your life, your soul. And you better give the audience everything you can -- physically, emotionally, musically. Then maybe they'll accept you and give you a standing ovation at the end."

    • Neil Diamond: You like to think that it's something you created, but secretly you know that you had some kind of help, or somebody gave this to you.

    • Neil Diamond: When you're on a merry-go-round, you miss a lot of the scenery.

    • Neil Diamond: When I first started, I worked with three chords in every bar, but I found that tied me down - I'm not a chord-change writer, I'm a songwriter.

    • Neil Diamond: Whatever success I've had so far has been assimilated into my body and mind.

    • Neil Diamond: Well, it would be foolish of me to assume that the only music that I can be moved by and affected by is my own music, there are many songs that I love and can touch me and move me and thats really the only yardstick I use to determine wether I'll record an outside song or not.

    • Neil Diamond: Well, I loved singing in the chorus, and there was some connection for me between gospel and choral music.

    • Neil Diamond: Well, I Am... I Said was a very difficult song, very difficult because I really had to spend a lot of time thinking about what I was before the song was written.

    • Neil Diamond: We stayed in Wyoming for about two years and that was a great experience.

    • Neil Diamond: We moved around quite a bit, I went to a number of schools, its not the best kind of a life for a kid but I survived it somehow.

    • Neil Diamond: Very often the music comes first.

    • Neil Diamond: This is the title song to the album Stones and I guess if I had to sum up Stones I'd call it a desperate love song.

    • Neil Diamond: There's a mystery to writing, and you don't really know where most of it comes from.

    • Neil Diamond: The main objective in any song, the songs that I write, has always been that it reflect the way I feel, that it touch me when I'm finished with it, that it moves me, that it can take me along with it and involve me in what its saying.

    • Neil Diamond: The lyrics aren't simple, either. They're extremely difficult because I'm trying to say complicated things in as few words as possible.

    • Neil Diamond: Stones has meant to me the things that hurt people, things that cause people pain.

    • Neil Diamond: Songwritng is what I do.

    • Neil Diamond: Songwriting is the only real discipline I've had in my whole life-thats why I hate it so much; I dont like imposing that kind of discipline on myself, but it has to be.

    • Neil Diamond: Songwriting is different from music, although I don't deny now that it would be nice to have a little more background in music theory.

    • Neil Diamond: Songs are so all-encompassing; they're the joys and sorrows and pacing of life.

    • Neil Diamond: Songs are life in 80 words or less.

    • Neil Diamond: Song Sung Blue took a lot of compressing and refining, and it has one of my favorite lyrics.

    • Neil Diamond: Performing is the easiest part of what I do, and songwriting is the hardest.

    • Neil Diamond: One of the thins I've been panting to do, in fact, is write some music for a fencing-ballet - the movements, music and staging would seem to go naturally together.

    • Neil Diamond: Of all the songs that I've written since I was 15 or 16, every song is different every song is special, it happens in a different way and I like that.

    • Neil Diamond: Matter of fact, I dropped him a little note after I finished recording it with a copy of an acetate and he sent back that this was his favorite version of the song and I think its my favorite outside song on the album, its called I Think Its Going to Rain Today and it leaves me with goosebumps.

    • Neil Diamond: Its really that simple, I just want to write music and record, if people still come to see me in performance, I'd like that to be special also.

    • Neil Diamond: It wasn't an easy one, but I don't know if very many people do have easy lives.

    • Neil Diamond: I've looked at photographs of myself during concerts and it sometimes looks as if I'm in a fencing move, with a guitar in my hands instead of a sword.

    • Neil Diamond: I've found for the last couple of years that the things that I can become most deeply involved with are songs that reflect my real feelings about things and so that what I've been writing about.

    • Neil Diamond: I've always thought of music as something which gives the words their flight and their wings and the music often comes first, although sometimes I'll have a concept, a title idea, a lyric idea that I want to write and the lyric will come first.

    • Neil Diamond: I've always accepted some kind of deity, especially as a songwriter.

    • Neil Diamond: I'm really interested in the work.

    • Neil Diamond: I'm not really comfortable in any one spot.

    • Neil Diamond: I was always interested in science, and pre-med was arespectable thing to do while I ursued my songwriting.

    • Neil Diamond: I think that if I have one hope, one ambition, one aspiration for the next 4 or 5 years it would be that I can improve as a writer and just be able to say more of what I want to say throught the music.

    • Neil Diamond: I think probably Australians have just a little more taste than most people.

    • Neil Diamond: I suppose that being moved to write a song is more applicable to me, I have to be moved, I have to have a reason to write a particular song.

    • Neil Diamond: I still need practice in enjoying the fruits of success.

    • Neil Diamond: I had always held everything in before.

    • Neil Diamond: I guess I haven't gotten over being lost, a wandering gypsy.

    • Neil Diamond: I don't like all of the music to be serious and deadly.

    • Neil Diamond: I do have a large audience overseas, and I want to continue to be an international artist.

    • Neil Diamond: I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn't expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration.

    • Neil Diamond: I Am... I Said is a very complicated song and its complicated probably because my feelings were very complicated when I wrote it.

    • Neil Diamond: Fencing made me feel for the first time like a winner.

    • Neil Diamond: Chelsea Morning is a great Joni Mitchell song and I guess I'm partial to her lyrics because they show me a slightly different perspective on life.

    • Neil Diamond: Brooklyn is not the easiest place to grow up in, although I wouldn't change that experience for anything.

    • Neil Diamond: Because my musical training has been limited, I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song.

    • Neil Diamond: After four years of Freudian analysis I realised I had written Solitary Man about myself.
      -About his hit song Solitary Man

  • A man who can with stand the test of time.

    A man who can with stand the test of time. There are no other words that can appropriately describe Neil Diamond. He has been satisfying audiences with his performances for over 30 years. Not only does in do this in his music but in acting as well. He is a man of many talents. He still after all this time can pack a house full of enthusiastic fans waiting with baited breath to see him come on stage. He is a legend in the music world. Known for his flashy outfits and wiggling hips he dazed his fans with every performance he does.moreless