Let’s Take A Moment Day 251

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

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(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

There was always curiosity surrounding the inspiration for Neil Diamond’s hit song, “Sweet Caroline”. From the record’s release in 1969 there were rumors as to whether or not he wrote it about President John F. Kennedy’s daughter of the same name. For nearly 40 years Diamond evaded the question. Finally in 2007 when he sang the song at Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s 50th birthday party Diamond confirmed that he did indeed write the tune about her. He saw a picture of her with her parents on the cover of a magazine around 1963 which gave him the idea for the track. Thinking of her & the rest of her family today on the 57th anniversary of her father’s death.

Look at the night and it don’t seem so lonely
We filled it up with only two
And when I hurt
Hurting runs off my shoulders
How can I hurt when holding you
“.

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Neil Diamond (L) and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. (Images found online.  Original sources unknown.)

Neil Diamond: “Sweet Caroline” (1969, written by Neil Diamond).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.