Last week, Neil Diamond became an inspirational figure in the city of Boston’s recovery from the Boston Marathon bombings by leading the Red Sox’s Fenway Park crowd in a rousing and highly emotional sing-along rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’.
His 1969 song has been an eighth-inning ritual at every Fenway Park game since 2002. New Yorker Diamond took to the field after reportedly flying to Boston specially to pay tribute to the city during the Red Sox’s first home game after the bombings.
After his unannounced Boston appearance, he said: “What resonates for me is the way music can offer comfort to people in times of joy or sorrow. With a tragedy like this, there are no words, but if people can find healing in music, this is the reason I’ve been doing this for the last 50 years. It goes beyond what I ever imagined.”
Now, Neil Diamond has revealed that he is writing a new song inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing and other recent tragic events in the United States, such as the shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut.
“I’m writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston,” he told Rolling Stone magazine. “So I’m writing about it just to express myself … I’m writing about what we’re going through with all of these tragedies.”
The 72-year-old songwriting legend says he plans to fast-track a recording of the as-yet-untitled new song.
Watch Neil Diamond performing ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Fenway Park HERE…
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