Perhaps when we look back on the horrific events of these last few weeks, we may find this video of Neil Diamond–bearded, potbellied, and singing tenuously over a track at Fenway Park–underwhelming.
But for now, “Sweet Caroline,” originally a song about a Jew’s wayward fascination with Camelot, became something of a salve for a public in search of symbolic solidarity and goodwill. For that feat alone, we should honor it.
Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.