I attended a Neil Diamond concert last night. Originally I was just going to drive my mom and her friend to the concert in Portland, then go to Powell's Books while they were there. But my mom's friend was sick, so my mom bought her ticket and gave it to me. I'm always up for things, but I must admit I wasn't overly excited about going because the last couple of times I have heard Neil on tv, he has sounded like this:
So, being the nice daughter I am, I said things while traveling to Portland like "We're on our way to hear ol' Croaky Toad!" And, "You sure seem to like performers who are past their prime." (We've got a funny family story about the last time we heard Don Ho.)
However... the concert was surprisingly really good. Neil's voice was definitely un-toadlike -- almost like his vocal cords were in a time warp. He did a nice job on the oldies and the not-so-oldies, plus he has a great band. It was a fun time!
So this is what I'm having for breakfast: