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This song ‘Dry Your Eyes’ laments the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. The song carries those messages King preached, promoting Civil Rights through non-violence, and civil disobedience, where he was inspired by his Christian beliefs and the non-violent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.
It is obvious that Neil Diamond was affected by this murder, and those of John, and Robert Kennedy. The lyrics speak of getting beyond these murders and standing in solidarity, "Dry your eyes, and take your song out", letting people know how you feel, "It's a newborn afternoon", this is a new time to have our voices heard, and if, even if time has us forget who spoke those words, let us not forget the messages they carry, "If you can't recall the singer, you can still recall the tune".
The rhythm of the song is a solemn march, rather funeral, a respect for what has passed, but mustn't be forgotten. I have sung this song at Remembrance Sunday gatherings, it fits with the sombre occasion, and respects the sacrifices those old soldiers made for our liberties.
The video highlights Martin Luther King's fight for Civil Rights and poverty, and combated racial inequality; it depicts his march on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
Neil Diamond sang this song at the Manchester Arena in 2017 for those killed by the terrorist atrocity that visited itself upon my home city, and whom he called the Fallen Angels, It was a most moving, poignant, and fitting tribute to the victims of such overt evil. I cannot think of another song that stands as strongly towards solidarity, unity, and defiance in the face of injustice and tragedy. - Dave Radstock
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"The human voice is the most important instrument at our disposal, yet it is one of the most difficult
to understand or define. You either hear it or you don't. It either moves you, or it leaves you cold...
it is more than just a sound... it is the soul itself." - Neil Diamond 1974
"Music has turned into a joyful self-healing process. It's kept me alive, well and loving life." - Neil Diamond 2011
"The King of the Stage" - Muhammad Ali
Artwork courtesy of Paula Beaking
Artwork courtesy of Paula Beaking
"I look at him as a messiah, and I notice the way the audience cries. I think they're seeing the same thing that I'm feeling - this guy has a message. He makes people feel, he makes people think. He writes such meaningful material. I can imagine people hearing him sing 'I Am … I Said' or '
Sweet Caroline' and putting themselves into his pocket. They keep coming back, and now they're bringing their grandkids and great-grandkids. And the same folks, 70, 80, 90 years old, are filling arenas coming to see Neil. There has to be a message that he's delivering that makes these people keep coming back for more." - King Errisson (Conga Drums - Neil Diamond Band) 2017
THE NEIL DIAMOND ROSE
Just like his music, the performance of this rose transcends expectations. Not only is it gorgeous to look at, with glossy leaves and unusual pink blooms speckled with white, but it is an absolute scent-sation with an intense, classic rose fragrance.
Music gives a soul to the universe,
Wings to the mind,
Flight to the imagination and
Life to everything
- Plato (c. 428 - 348 B.C.)
This song so encapsulates and celebrates the diversity of Australian society that I felt the impetus to produce this one-off video. This is, but a minor diversion, an indulgence. I hope you find it informative and to your liking. - NDC
I only know this song as a folk song, or campfire song, but I love this version, the lively, almost country feel, the violins give it a wonderful vibe, one can imagine couples doing the jig, or reel to this. It is reminiscent of "The Seeger Sessions" performed by Bruce Springsteen, where he reimagined classic folk songs, absolutely fabulous.
I don't know how you do it, but the images are stunning, the deep azure sky reflected in the Billabong, and the beautiful water mill silhouetted against the sunset. The images tell the story of the song wonderfully, if memory serves me right from what I remember of the song, the story behind it relates to the Sheep Shearers' Strike, which became violent which led to a fire at the woolshed killing over a hundred sheep. Once again you have created another magical video, and provided us with a bit of Australian history and culture. Brilliant! - Dave Radstock
Launched August 2016