The Neil Diamond Dream Interview – Love On The Rocks /”I don’t listen to music when I’m sad”

Last night I dreamed in an interview format.

I liked the interview, imaginary though it is, better than any discussion I could add to Neil Diamond’s classic LOVE ON THE ROCKS.

This is all a dream, transcribed:

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Me- Neil, when you wrote the classic 1970s love ballad Love On The Rocks, tell us man, was that a true story, a play on a true story, or was it a song made especially for the movie the Jazz Singer”?

Neil- How about all three? [chuckles] Seriously, that was a song I wrote after a true break up. Many of my fans, as you know, ask me that question, and no, I will not say which actress I am talking about.  See, right there, yes, the song was about a breakup with an actress I had dated 10 years before.  My heart was broken at the time, dude.

Me- It does not sound like a down and out ‘Whoa is me’ ego-crushing love admission. 

Neil- Ah. Funny you should say that because after she had dumped me – like, this woman crushed me like a grape man.  And it’s not like I wasn’t still beating back women of all kinds with a proverbial baseball bat – guess that brings up scenes of domestic violence these days – but in modern parlance, when the woman who savagely destroyed my ego who I sing about in Rocks, well, you should have heard the stuff I was writing around the time.

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Me- Can you give me an example, or us, you don’t mind of I publish this, do you?

Neil- Publish away! Jesus, with this streaming, I need all the hype I can get! [laughs] I wrote Rocks only *after* getting into a pretty solid, well, solid for Neil D, and that’s pure monogamy of over a year.  I was finally happy and I wrote Rocks, which is a song I had to sing as though I were a little sad – when I was happy! [chuckles] Wrote that song for my nephew Morty Diamond after he got dumped by a woman and felt that pain: broken heartedness that is way more intense than any love stuff that may have been going on.

Me- Did it help your nephew?

Neil- Oh, not at all. That was a huge mistake on my part. There I am, Mr. Big, Mr. Diamond, telling him how to feel, just get over his woman and get a new one.

Me- What is wrong with that?

Neil D- Simple, and this is not bragging – my shows had 3, 4 hundred women back stage, and that was with my wife’s permission right through the 1993 tour. And I’m singing to Morty, Love On The Rocks was one of my most memorable ballads, sorta earned nothing but scorn from Morty who didn’t have thousands of woman to pick from on any night! [hard laughter]

Me- What is your favorite line from that song?

Neil- I dig that question. In this song we’re talking: Bridge.  I am truly proud of the section, “First they say they want you, plead how they really need you, suddenly you find you’re out there, walking in a storm! And when they really have you, then they really have you, nothing you can do or say, you’ve gotta leave just get away, we all know the song!” That is a lesson to me, really – my fans tell me: “Neil D, we listen to LOTR when we are happy, not sad.”

Me- What happens if you listen to this song when you’re sad?

Neil- I don’t believe in listening to music when you’re sad. Now that I’m over 40, I can admit that when I’m sad, I watch tv, call an old friend, whatever, then if I’m out of a sad mood, then music. On tour, of my rare moods of sadness on stage – and I’m blessed that way – I am one happy man on stage, always have been – ask any musician who tells you otherwise and they disagree?  You tell them to call Neil D! We musicians are musicians for that purpose! We are almost always happy on stage – even when our ‘loves on the rocks’, if you excuse the double use.

Me- Not at all.  Thank you, Neil. 

Neil- Thank you. And keep your love hot like coffee, heck, iced coffee is okay, but when you need good coffee like good love, it is always good when it’s hot.

Me- That sounds like a new song right there!

Neil – [grabs a guitar]

Then I woke up.

My favorite two-part acoustic live performance, ever

My favorite two-part acoustic live performance, ever – 20 years later just as good- Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Jimi Thing

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Pink Floyd, Us And Them – declassified matherton diagram | link to youtube

Us and Them is a song written and recorded by the members of the band Pink Floyd.

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I searched in several places online for a way for Jim Deluva and his band, “The Jim Deluva Cover Boys” to imitate the sound to perfection at a bachelor party they are playing tonight.

Jim is in the driveway – cool. I had told him, “Dude, you should have been able to find a chart my uncle posted a long time ago.”

“I know, dude, I know – can’t find it. I want you to listen to the ride pattern on the cymbal I worked out, anyway. It’s 4 over 3s over 4s – kind of a Phil Collins thing – and Roger and Phil never liked each other, so I want you to hear it.”

Us and Them, Pink Floyd – harmonic tempo map
Us and Them, Pink Floyd – harmonic tempo map

tempo maps and the fiasco: Deluva Is Back In Town, Playing the Cover Songs, looking for a simple tempo guide to play Kodachrome by Paul Simon. We did it alone by desperation!

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When James “Jim” Deluva comes back to New Jersey, secretly, a full month before Christmas, one knows everything with the reclusive genius producer, code name Jim Deluva, things are going to get interesting on Route 1, from the ping pong halls of Douglass to the biology library at one Princeton’s freshman dorms.

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Turns out James is doing a favor for a friend of his, a comparative literature professor who is having a party where the cover band skills of Deluva are featured. He can play anybody, no one knows who he is – always a great time.

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The challenge as James strolled up the driveway was issued as he strolled up in an Adidas sweatsuit – “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon.  I have the sheet music for that song but it just read “moderate rock” – show me the real tempo map for that.  It’s not their wedding song, but she’s a Simin freak – so I’d appreciate it.”

“Kodachrome! What a generation bewitched song that is. If you even know what that is-? Aren’t you are aging yourself?”

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Jonson found fools on this song. An interesting groove!

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Are Jack and Nikki always being Broken In two? unclassified tempo map and link to Joe Jackson song

That is what is all about. Finding a riff at that moment – where there’s talking in the air there’s usually a tonic note the better live players will intuitively hear and pay off of. Some​ of the most practiced players get​ self-conscious in front of an audience and play worse.

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In the early 1980s, around the time that Jack Abbott was acquainted with, maybe even married to, Nikki Newman, this song by Joe Jackson was popular. I preferred playing it for 40-60 people and then eating later to sitting down and eating.

In the circular melodic expression of Joe Jackson, I sometimes get the sound of the Jackson recording in my head, as it was the most fun to play on the piano and​ it is very slick by taking an already established​ pop​ song – and immediately after admitting he was borrowing the first​ three notes including the kinda wild high​ interval (“don’t you feel like​ *try*ing something new?”)but improves it, then gets off a riff that sounds easy-hard. Meaning, if you can play piano and you know the trick to the riff. The syncopation is wrong in the sheet music, which means it’s right and you​ just don’t know which pedal piont he’s riffing on​ or what. I usually get the riff wrong – I’ve faked it to 95% so many times I’ve never committed​ to it.

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Plus​, as a musician,​ you almost do not want to, because Jackson played it so well the best​ one can do is imitate him exactly, which for an elegant yet simple riff just isn’t that fun.

That is what is all about. Finding a riff at that moment – where there’s talking in the air there’s usually a tonic note the better live players will intuitively hear and pay off of. Some​ of the most practiced players get​ self-conscious in front of an audience and play worse.

My playing is all accompaniment based​ so I think I understand how these two hang out at Crimson Lights and Top Of The Tower. They are unusually​ familiar with the other and one friend that is *least* likely to betray you-friends​ just get lost in their own world.’

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Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Bergman & Mick Jagger – “I was born in a crossfire hurricane.”

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To me, this is a song for the baby boomer set – people born before John Fitzgerald Kennedy was president.

What is it like to be born in a “crossfire hurricane?

To me, this is a song for the baby boomer set – people born before John Fitzgerald Kennedy was president.

Then again, as you’ll see with the next post, those in New Jersey of the Bewitched Generation also think if the opening track to Bruck Springsteen’sbest album imho, Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

I asked the world’s go-to fact site, Google and asked that question, and this came up

How fast is the Rolling Stones version? Jonson and I measured these tempo charts:

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