The Mirror of my Soul


Rally each heart at the sight of his silver wings.

Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko


- I remember one show, in Detroit '83, I think, where there were two or three nights in a row. I arrived the night before my friend Laurie flew in. I saw the show that night by myself, purchasing a left over single rear stage seat in the rafters. That night, during the Jonathan segment, one couldn't help but be moved by a change in the lighting and synchronization of it to fit the orchestration. Specifically, during Be, if you think of a chorus deep into that song, there is a part where the lyric and the music suddenly crescendo when Neil sings "BEEE! Jonathan!" In all the shows I saw before this one, this was the first time where, at that instant, on the word BEEE, with a crash of orchestrated percussion, a sudden, HUGE, all stops opened beam of major carbon arch light bathed Neil's open-armed figure as the stood front and center. It was majestic and beautiful! Getting back to Laurie, she arrived the next day and we had front row seats for that night. Laurie was always tiny and frail when it came to extremes. The audience was on their feet during Skybird and there we were, standing in the front row. As Be began, I remember thinking, "this is that verse!...wait until Laurie sees this - it's going to be BIG!" With Neil standing just yards from us, the music and the light and his shrilled voice crashed upon us: "BEEE..........! Jonathan!" It was SO overwhelming. This close to the stage and speakers, I felt the percussion thunder through the floor and it impacted us like a gust of wind. It stunned Laurie and nearly threw her back in her seat. I grabbed her arm to steady her and I could see her eyes were glazed with a hint of tears. We stood there, looking up at Neil's shadowed figure feeling the heat of the light on our faces. The light was so intense that his body glowed with a smokey halo. I noticed that the first several rows were also brightly illuminated and ALL the faces here were wide-eyed and seized with attention to this angelic figure standing above us. I could feel Laurie trembling next to me. She calmed quickly, but I'll never forget that moment - how it impacted us, feeling Laurie trembling like a bird, and all those faces turned up to the man on the stage, and being filled to the brim with his music.

- Laurie, if you're out there reading this, God Bless you.

Cindy

Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984
Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984


Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984


Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984


Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984


Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984


Neil Diamond 1984 (c) Cindy Shunko
Neil Diamond at Poplar Creek Outdoor
Music Theater, IL 1984

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