A lot has changed in Janet’s and my life over the last few months. Spenser has gone to start a new family and career. Lucas is working hard as an IT nerd :-). And that leaves me to fend for myself without the help of my two band mates. You will see Luke with me, just not as much. Spenser’s activity with the trio will be a little more scarce. I have actually tried to get full time work and have seen the prejudice against people over 50. I applied for a position of driving around and filling potato chip bags at grocery stores only to get the letter thanking me for applying but they found someone more experienced. I couldn’t let that go. I called and asked how much more experience do I need? I have been taking them off the shelf and putting them in my cart for over 40 years. I think that gives me quite a bit of experience and I am pretty sure I can figure out how to put them on the shelf rather than remove them from the shelf.
So it leaves me with no choice but to continue to perform. Not that it hurts me to do so, I enjoy singing. But with Neil Diamond retiring from live shows every Tom, Dick and Harry is out there now who’s been told that they sound like him. Most are equipped with their electronic device that holds the same hits that people are used to hearing. Sweet Caroline, Coming To America, Song Sung Blue etc. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and has it’s place at restaurants or local watering holes. But like Elvis and Frank, it’s getting to be a bit much. Besides, if you know me, you know that I never got into impersonating someone. I dislike being told that I should try and act like him. I like his songs and the lyrics are most important to me. Which brings me to my next phase…acoustic.
I will be performing my show “Solitary Man: a Neil Diamond story” on November 17th at Fermenting Cellars Winery at 1PM. I like to sing and I will be able to exploit Neil’s lyrics, along with his vast library of songs, by performing them acoustically.
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As always, thank you for letting me do what I love.