Neil Diamond was another musical staple in my childhood home. I’m not sure who brought his music to us, but he was very popular with my late mum, as I recall. I’ve featured a few other 1960s and ’70s songs here: “This Guy’s in Love with You” (a post where I recount Saturdays trailing around all of Winnipeg, Canada’s Portage Avenue dress shops with my mum and dad), “Taste of Honey” and “Where Do the Children Play?”.
I hadn’t heard “I Am… I Said” in a long time. Today as I was finishing up listening to Sunday’s instalment of Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour through the BBC Sounds app, it was played in the last third of his now-three-hour-long program. I’ve already featured one song I heard on that episode, a choral piece called “Sleep.”
The episode, “Guy Uses The Word Sauce Pot – Fact” is described as including music“to rouse and console.” In his unique style, Garvey delivers on both fronts, as he does with every show’s theme. He has a bit of fun introducing the song and, after it plays, does a humorous bit of imitating Diamond crying out the refrain. Garvey also says that if anyone ever wants him to do karaoke, they’d better check to see if this piece is on the song list. On that topic, another Diamond song very popular in karaokes circles, and equally quirky in the lyrics department, is “Sweet Caroline” (“… Bah-bah-bah!”).
“I Am… I Said” is the first and last song on Diamond’s 1971 album, Stones; a reprise version, a minute shorter than the opening track, closes the album.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official audio of the song from Neil Diamond’s SoundCloud account: