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Neil Diamond and the Power of Music

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this commentary but, after hearing Neil’s recent announcement that his live performing days were over because of Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis, I knew that I had to write about music … his music and, in particular, one of his songs.

When Neil came on the music scene and began having hits in the late 1960’s, I didn’t pay much attention. I’ve always had a greater love for instrumental arrangements and recordings,

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February 5th, 2018

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WASH Radio Station Wheaton tower building 4

When the sign says WASH, you expect a Laundromat … how about a radio station?  The WASH Radio Station to be exact …

The History of the WASH Radio Station

This is the current-day scene on University Boulevard in the busy business center of a community named Wheaton, Maryland, located just about 10 miles due north of downtown Washington, D. C. Other than this tower which sits directly behind the building, you wouldn’t realize this is the former home of one of Washington’s major FM stations,

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January 27th, 2018

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I doubt that “Coca-Cola” needs any further description or clarification, and a song is a song, except this story is about a particular song … which we’ll discuss shortly. However, you likely wonder who Bill Backer is and where does he fit into this picture.

Mr. Backer became a true star and creative force in the advertising world after he hired the popular singing group, the New Seekers, to record a series of advertising jingles for Coca-Cola.

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January 17th, 2018

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Recently, radio industry news publications put out the word that Nielsen, the large research organization which, among other things, publishes the radio and television listenership reports, had done an analysis of the holiday songs most played on radio during the 2016 Christmas season.

What really attracted my attention to this is the list of the 10 most-played recordings and their age. What’s most interesting is that not a single one of the ten – which has obviously been extensively researched to determine which songs have the greatest magnetic attraction with the most devoted listeners and lovers of holiday music – is new here in the 21st century,

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November 26th, 2017

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There’s a Christian praise song who’s opening line goes … “Give Thanks with a grateful heart” … which truly rings close to my heart!

Should I say privileged, should I say fortunate or should I say blessed? Regardless, my first thought upon waking each morning is how thankful I am for what we have been blessed with as the years have rolled by. Or, as financial counselor Dave Ramsey likes to say on his daily radio show,

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November 21st, 2017

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