Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Heartlight" Neil Diamond's ode to E.T.

Yeah, Goonies and Gremlins were awesome Spielberg movies. However, true followers of my blog know that E.T. is my favorite childhood movie of all time. Back in 1982, l remember my mom playing me this Neil Diamond song. "Oooh, Ally," she said. "This song is about your favorite movie, E.T. Listen!"  The song was called "Heartlight." I loved it.

I "taped" the tune and played it over and over again on my black and silver radio. Probably purchased at T.S.S. in Elmont, New York. The lyrics were simple, and for a 10-year-old kid, they were fairly easy to understand. 

Lines like, "...Cause sometimes the world ain't kind" and "...A friend is someone you need," and my personal favorite, "...And home's the most excellent place to be." I guess I just loved home and close friends. Simple kid stuff. 

Oddly enough, I’ve never thought much about "Heartlight" until today. 

Did a quick Wiki search. Neil Diamond wrote the song after viewing the film with his friends, songwriters Carole Bayer Sager and her husband at the time Burt Bacharach. Although the name E.T. is never once mentioned, the songwriters had to pay Universal Studios $25,000 for conceptual purposes. “Heartlight” was one of Neil Diamond’s last chart-topping hit. 

Enjoy the song ... And yes, I hope it stays in your head for hours and hours :)


Marvelous Memories said...

Absolutely love this post! I had no idea the meaning behind the song, nor had I given it any thought. Thank you for teaching me something interesting from my childhood! xoxo Amy (Marvelous Memories)

Ally said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comment. xoxo

Val said...

Hi, Ally--

I was hoping to email you last night but didn't have time, so for now: a quick comment. :) I read you entire blog, every post of every year of it, this weekend. We have a million things in common. I'm writing a memoir of my 1980s childhood. I love your blog.

I remember this song, though, yes, and I love that you dressed like Gertie for your long-ago party (in another post), and that E.T. cake your mom made was cute too. (Back when kids' birthday parties weren't made up of a thousand pinterest ideas, right) :)

More in the next couple days when I have time off work to write, but I wanted to say hello. :)

'Happy to meet you,



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