“Denny Svehla brings natural warmth to your heart and a new breath of life to Neil Diamond’s music. Denny as Neil Diamond sounds like Americana: Warm, comforting – just what you expect! Captivating! Energetic! Charismatic! A guaranteed crowd pleaser and a sold out show!”
So we’re at a state facility getting our drivers licenses updated. There are at least 40 people ahead of us. The air conditioning is not working and they have some sort of portable air conditioner hooked up. It’s not working, the air is stale and there’s no circulation. There are 3 government workers here. They’re trying but not with much vigor. It had to happen because of the extremely poor conditions, a man fainted. Face first into the carpet covered concrete floor. Low and behold didn’t 3 other workers come out of the back. But none of them had the training to help this man. None of them knew what to do. Things have calmed down. The EMT’s have come to his aid. But now there are only two workers out here now and 30 people to go. Our government at work.
Denny Diamond – Diamond Mountain / Holly Holy
BY CHRIS · APR 28, 2015
Denny Diamond’s own brand of easy listening, bluesy folk is lilting and evocative.
artworks-000108764171-mqbzba-t500x500‘Diamond Mountain’, it must be said, feels as though it runs the risk at times of being too schmaltzy for it’s own good. In some ways Diamond’s sheer earnestness threatens to be his own worst enemy, but it’s impossible to fault his energy and authenticity. The song itself is filled with powerful musicality – the pianos swell and soar, the backing vocals tug at the heartstrings, the acoustic guitar is so warm you can almost feel it, and the long notes from the cello have the power to melt the heart of the coldest of cynics.
‘Holly Holy’ serves as a complete contrast, with bluesy guitars that have significantly more teeth and grit. The track escalates into a gospel tinged festival of fun, with its call to the choir to ‘Sing!’, as the rhythm soars onwards and upwards. Diamond’s voice is consistent and strong, with a showtune quality vibrato. It has to be said that the chorus, with its classic swirling organ and backing choir, is a true moment of glory. No matter how you feel about music in this genre, it’s a song that has the potential to put a smile of the faces of a great number of people.