I have a very eclectic taste in music. I love good tunes. No matter the genre, I like a good song. I remember things by the notes that were rolling through my skull at the time. I’m not the only one.
As people deal with me and listen to my tunes, the one artist that catches people off guard is the great Neil Diamond. John Q. Kelln is the person that first introduced Neil Diamond to me.
Years later, while teaching at Waynoka, I found a kindred spirit. Football coach Scott Kysar. He went to a lot of Neil Diamond concerts. He and I should have hated each other but we both had the same goals in mind for the kids that we worked with. Hyper-competitive coach and an a-hole ag teacher. Yeah, it always works when everybody is on the same page.
How cool is Neil Diamond? Quentin Tarantino used one of his songs in his opus “Pulp Fiction”. But it is cooler than that. I was in the east end zone seats when Barry Sanders returned a kick-off over a 100 yards the year before he won that trophy. And that wasn’t the coolest moment at an athletic event.
In 2013, Tammy, Duke and I traveled to Boston to watch the Red Sox and the Yankees. Lots of cool moments. However, when the 7th inning stretch fired off and the Sox fans AND the Yankees fans all sang “Sweet Caroline.” Dude, that was wicked cool! I went on that trip for free, but dudes, that was a wicked awesome moment. I will gladly pay the next time.
I have already written about living with the Dragon Lady during post-season baseball. She watches all of it. But, after the last pitch, the moment that she is STILL talking about is the fact that during THE National Anthem, of every game, ALL players were standing and honoring the flag. No matter if they were Dominicans, Cubans, Koreans or just a plain old American–ALL of them. No taking a knee, no dis-respect–just a bunch of ball players. Hell to the yes! It was like Neil Diamond’s song “America”—WE are all coming to America. If you are a productive person, come on. If you are a POS (see previous blog posts)–keep your ass in your own place and don’t infect what we have here.
If I ever run a radio station, it will be a mix of George Strait, Garth Brooks, Merle, Willie, Reba, Shania, Faith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, GnR, a whole lotta Tesla, Eagles, some Damn Yankees, Skynyrd, Metallica, Neil Diamond, Neil Diamondx2, the Crue, Van Halen and Van Hager, Nelly, Run DMC, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Whitney Houston, Adele, Waylon, Cash, Willie (songs written by Willie), Steve Earle, some dude on the pipes, how bad ass is Roy Orbison, Restless Heart, some Queen, Ozzy, THE Righteous Brothers, something by the Stones and the Beatles, that Vanilla Ice song, some TSO at Christmas time, a bit of Nugent, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, some Poison ( just in case there is an 80’s chick that needs to take her top off), the Oak Ridge Boys, the Beastie Boys, the Kentucky Headhunters, some dudes that went by the initials CCR, Kid Rock, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jay Z, KISS, Jerry Jeff Walker, some other deal that went by Cross Canadian Ragweed, Huey Lewis AND the News, Sinatra, Hank Jr., the Great Divide, some dude called Elvis, Dolly, the Dropkick Murphy’s, and last but not least ZZ Top. There is more, like Michael Martin Murphy with “Wildfire”,several Pink Floyd diddy’s and any Bob Seger song.
I guess I need to start a podcast with Bob Seelke as my first guest. That would be a train wreck that would be in demand.
I just stepped off the back porch and listened to a wookie convention. 2 bucks with does and another that is left out. Lot of noises being made.
People, if I am mentioning Bob Seelke, life is good. I bet Bob likes Neil Diamond. If not, Jodi will tell him that he should like Neil Diamond. “Dad gum! That dude has some good tunes. That doe ought to be bred.”
Have a good one and a better tomorrow.
No reason for the title or the ending to be Hell Yeah, except that I feel like a HELL YEAH!