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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
By psychologist, Dr Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr BLT
Song: Solitary Man
Artist: Neil Diamond/remake by Johnny Cash
Hear Dr BLT's cover of Neil Diamond's /Solitary
Man /via this link:
Melinda was mine
Then sue came along
If youíve never been a man with a broken heart, trying to pick up the pieces while resisting the temptation to get involved with somebody knew just to add a balm to the old womb, you wonít know what itís like to be a Solitary Man, at least not until youíve heard Neil Diamond sing the song he wrote, way back in his younger days.
With his sublime gift of poetry, with his deft skill in pulling beautifully haunting melodies from his mind like her were plucking flowers, Neil Diamond was able to pen one of the greatest American songs of all time in Solitary Man.
He is every bit as successful now as he ever was back in his glory days.
Coming to think of it, these are his glory days.
And like Johnny Cash, who did a re-make of this Diamond classic, just months before he passed away, Diamond has found a re-awakening of his creative spirit, and his creative drive, in the autumn of his life. Like Johnny Cash did in his later years, Diamond has found plenty of gems left in his treasure trove. The same man that discovered those gems in Diamondís treasure trove, picked them up and polished them, also did the same for Johnny Cash in his autumn days. Producer Rick Rubin has applied the art of minimalism to the music of these monumental musical figures.
This is the September Morn of Diamondís
career. His most recent album, Home Before Dark entered the billboard
charts at #1, just like Johnny Cashís final album did (not that Iím predicting
this will be Diamondís final CD). Whenever God decides to take Neil
Diamond, and I hope it wonít be for at least a couple more decades, Neilís
going to leave us longing for more songs like Solitary Man.
Donít know that I will
With this verse, and with this voice, he was able to pull of sounding determined and vulnerable at the same time. Itís almost as if heís trying to convince himself, understanding his weakness for women who turn out to be world-class heart-breakers.
Iíve had it to here
I know itís been done
You get the feeling with these lines that heís fed up and that heís not going to take it anymore, but that he still believes the right girl is out there somewhere. It was probably the same sentiment he felt before he met Linda, and then before he met Sue.
Donít know that I will
Donít you get the feeling in this song
that heís very close to losing his Solitary Man status? Donít you
get the feeling that without the songs of Neil Diamond, and without the
songs of Johnny Cash, (two American music pioneers that Rick Rubin brought
back to life in the autumn of their lives), we would all be reduced to
solitary men and solitary women in search of the soul-quenching songs that
only these deft, if dark, artists were able to deliver?