Wednesday, February 3, 2010


The Shilo-Diamond Paradox

When I'm doing the household budget, I put on the Neil Diamond Channel from Pandora in the background. (I used to listen to the Daily Show, but it was too distracting. My forecasts ended up looking like a CBO product.) But the Neil Diamond Channel features classic rock stuff that isn't too hard. It's not just Neil Diamond, but also such favorites as the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" and Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind." Basically cheese with a little bit o' soul.

Anyway, today I had "Shilo" stuck in my head. These lyrics struck me:
Shilo, when I was young
I used to call your name.
When no one else would come
Shilo, you always came
And we'd play.
Is that really surprising, Neil? If you used to call out "Mary" and just this one particular girl responded, OK that might be worth putting in a song. But there aren't too many Shilos walking around.

Hey, if anyone is reading this (and I know you are) who has played with Neil Diamond, I think it's time you made your first Free Advice comment and received your just accolades...
As it turns out, I did play with Neil Diamond. It was in 1966 or 1967 --- I actually don't remember the precise year. I did two shows with Neil at the Bristol Ski Lodge, outside Rohester, NY. My band opened up for Neil, and then I played bass for him for 2 shows. While Neil was not the best guitar player around (he actually wasn't that good...), he was the consummate showman. I was 18 at the time, and he treated us wonderfully. Little did I know he would become the icon he is now. (his latest single at that time was "Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon." Anyway, Neil is a great songwriter, singer, and overall performer. And, as I remember, a great guy!! Bought us lunch and supper that day!! While I wasn't crazy about his work then (I was a Beatles freak...), I became a devoted fan since I worked with him. We played "Shilo" that night Bob, but your dad doesn't remember much about the lyrics --- too busy thinking about my own soon-to-be stardom (which, as you know, never came ....). As far as other lyrics, how about "Red Red Wine?" I have certainly taken that to heart over the years...
Yes kids, that's my dad.
You two are hopeless... ;)

Tommy Smothers sang about falling into a vat of chocolate. He yelled "Fire!" because no one would save him if he yelled "Chocolate!".
oh yeah? how's that for a comeback?
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