Neil Diamond is already in the Christmas spirit after successfully rallying countless, fun-filled individuals to join him in a virtual, holiday carol presentation.
On Monday, Diamond, 79, premiered a joyful video that captured a global singalong in which crooners recorded themselves harmonizing his hit 1969 song "Sweet Caroline" safely from inside their homes. The montage opened with a message about the trying year that should have been celebrated as the momentous turn of the decade. Instead, the year has been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
"2020 has been a tough year for everyone," the video introduction reads. "So, we wanted to bring people together [in] the best way we knew how: Through music to inspire people to come together. We challenged fans all around the world to sing along to 'Sweet Caroline.'" The sweet broadcast featured singers of all ages and backgrounds.
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Each person recorded their own segment in which they sang the timeless single. Their clips were then compiled into one massive video. Last month, the country star released his new album, Neil Diamond with The London Symphony Orchestra, Classic Diamonds.
This isn't the first time Diamond has used his fan-favorite tune in a creative, coronavirus-inspired way. In March, just one week after the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, the country music legend transformed his smash hit into a COVID-19 safety protocol PSA.
Stay safe out there! “Hands... washing hands..” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020
"Hi everybody, this is Neil Diamond. I know we're going through a rough time right now, but I love ya," he began in the video he posted on Twitter. "I think maybe if we sing together, we'll feel a little bit better. Give it a try okay?"
Stay safe out there! "Hands... washing hands.. 🎶" he wrote in the tweet. For his revamped chorus, Diamond sang the lyrics, "Hands / Washing hands / Reaching out / Don't touch me, I won’t touch you."
The singer-songwriter also shared a tweet one day ahead of his informative rendition, in which he honored those who have been working to provide essential services amid the health crisis. "Thank you healthcare workers, first responders, supermarket employees, food service and utility workers, delivery drivers and everyone out there who is on the frontlines to keep everyone safe. We applaud you!!!" he wrote.