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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April 2017 - #Atozchallenge - Interesting I

I is for "I Am...I Said" by Neil Diamond.

Yes, up until now I have been using the name of the band to make my letter, but I haven't seen bands with a name that starts with an "I" and so I am using my creative license to interpret the parameters of the A to Z and using the name of a song sung by Neil Diamond.  Be forewarned, this is not the only time I'm going to use a song title to meet my category, so if that bothers you, I'm sorry :)

Anyway, we got a chance to see Neil Diamond in 2015 and it was a great show.  We had an unusual experience at this event in that after I bought our tickets my husband hurt his back and was not going to be able to walk any distances or stand in line.  We rented a wheelchair for the evening and when we got to the venue I went and explained the situation to the helpful people at the information counter and they were able to relocate us to the handicapped section, which was on the floor toward the back.  Honestly, the seats we were given might have been better than the ones I had purchased!  It was also interesting to see what it is like to navigate as a handicapped person.  Everyone was very nice and we were taken through some parts of SAP Center we had never seen before, like service elevators under the arena.

Also, we ran into some friends that we hadn't seen in a really long time and got a chance to say hello and chat with them for a bit while we were waiting in line to get in.  Once we were inside, I was able to find them in their seats and my camera had good enough zoom that I could take their picture too!

There was no opening act and Neil Diamond came out and sang 26 of his hits, one after the other, with the whole crowd singing along.  He didn't even take breaks to change his outfit very often.  

I had a lot of pictures of the drummer because I was so impressed with the way his hands were flying on the drum set.  Once again I used one of the templates from Lea France; this time it was the Stained Glass one.  It really makes it easy for me to get all the pictures I want on the page.

Here is the finished page and I think it came out really well.  I added a drum set and the "play a little" tag to even out the spaces.  Look at the way his hands are flying!  Reminds me of hummingbird wings.    

Another thing I used a lot on this layout was this corner punch by Fiskars.  I use it when I don't want to use photo mats behind the pictures.  This one has 3 different corner treatments to use.  I used the one that looks like flower leaves.

Everyone got chills when he sang America and displayed the statue of liberty, eagle and the flag.  I used that page to write out the song list.  The end of the show was Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show and Heartlight.     

We are going to see him again this year.  I'm looking forward to it.  It is a 50th Anniversary tour.  Hard to believe he's been around 50 years!  He still looks and sounds great.  At least he did in 2015.

I have to say I'm having a good time making these scrapbook pages and reliving the concerts, especially these more recent ones when I had a better camera and the pictures came out clearer for the most part.  Some are still blurry because I have a hard time taking pictures without dancing to the music!

"I Am...I Said!"  Ever seen Neil Diamond?  Got a favorite song of his?  Love to hear about it!

You can click over to the main A to Z Challenge page to see what other participants have come up with for this letter, and come back to see what J has for us!


  1. Well, your theme -- your rules! :-)

    I love that your husband was still able to go, and that you didn't have to abandon the show altogether.

    Have to say I didn't notice your use of the corner punch until you pointed it -- I like it!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! Sometimes I take insurance out on the tickets we get because they are expensive and if something happens and we can't go, that's a lot of money to lose. I did not take it out on these tickets so I'm glad the wheelchair bit worked.

  2. As a handicapped person (notice I didn't say "cripple"), I appreciate that they were so accommodating so that you two could still enjoy the show.

    My favorite song of his that he did was "Forever in Blue Jeans." My favorite that he didn't do was "I'm A Believer." He's written some great songs.

    1. It gave me a whole different perspective on the disabled aspect of living life and it was interesting to me that I noticed so many more handicapped people at that concert than I had before. He did sing I'm a Believer. It was his first song. Maybe my writing is not dark enough. Sometimes I have trouble with that on the different colored papers. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I smiled Janet to think your photographic abilities are affected by your dancing - how fun!

    1. That beat sometimes just is too overpowering! Thanks for stopping by, Deborah!

  4. I just love what you're doing with the scrapbook pages! What fun!
    Sounds like a great concert. Awesome that you're going to his 30 year celebration tour!
    I really like "I Am, I Said": great song.

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks Michele! It is actually his 50th! I am having a great time reliving all of the concerts in this way. Nice to see you making the rounds :)


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