Has any singer had the ability to permanently nestle songs into our hearts and brains quite like Neil Diamond? Inserting chants of “OH OH OH” and “SO GOOD” into the chorus of “Sweet Caroline” is essentially an involuntary reaction. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 after over 50 years in the business and over 100 million records sold. Today, the great man turns 72.
And we are weirdly obsessed with his Twitter.
Are you 72 or older? If so, you can agree that Twitter is hard! Poor Neil’s had his struggles. Like this one time:
Oops, sorry I didn’t mean to retweet that last one – I thought it was funny but meant to edit it first. It all happened so fast!
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) June 4, 2011
Or this other time:
Don’t know why my last Tweet was removed ? I’ll repeat it shortly.
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 8, 2009
Luckily, Neil has really honed a Twitter strategy to avoid any future incidents. Firstly, he doesn’t bother with anything scary like retweets. Secondly, every one of his tweets falls into one of these very specific categories:
1. Christmas Tweets
Merry Christmas from us to you! twitter.com/NeilDiamond/st…
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) December 21, 2012
Wish you a Very Merry Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy Rock ‘n Rolly Christmas this year Y’all.With Love ,Neil Diamond. — Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) December 25, 2010
2. Hanukah/Hanukkah/Chanukah Y’all Tweets
Happy Hanukah Y’all!Love, Neil — Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) December 1, 2010
3. Self-Promotional Thanksgiving Tweets
(Note the reading material on the table.)
4. Joke Tweets
Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One fish turns to the other and says “Dam!”:-/ — Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) September 6, 2012
5. Casual Poetry Tweets
Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you’re the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well. Neil — Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) September 7, 2011
Boarding a plane/ headed west/ away is great/ but home is best. — Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 17, 2009
6. Subtly Sexy Tweets
7. Fat Elvis Tweets
Having my first meal as a civilian and it’s extraordinary… I no longer care if I become the “Fat Elvis”.
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) January 10, 2009
Have a great Thanksgiving, y’all! After all the food, I’ll be sending my tweets as the fat Jewish Elvis (with a charting Christmas song).
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) November 25, 2009
A great lesson to all septuagenarians: Keep it simple on Twitter.
Happy Birthday, Neil!
P.S. His middle name is Leslie.