How Synchronicity Led To A Front-Row Kiss

Michelle Stimpson_Neil Diamond Fan 1981

When I was 12 years-old I fell in love with Neil Diamond…the man, and his music (that’s me on the left, circa 1981!). As a kid, I often felt sad and lonely, and Neil’s music was a constant in my unstable world. Through his songs, I experienced a deep sense of joy and felt “heard,” which I so yearned for. And I’ve always been inspired by other people who follow the things in life that bring them joy. As a singer, songwriter, and performer, Neil excels at that!

Today, I’m as loyal and faithful of a fan as ever, so when Neil embarked on a big tour last year, I was thrilled! He kicked off the U.S. leg of his tour right here in Minnesota, and Bill and I saw several shows on the road and had a blast…getting front row tickets every time! Later you’ll hear more about how we got those tickets, but for now, let’s just say that at just the right time, they always appeared. And we are SO grateful!

Anyway, it was quite a run, and as the tour was winding down, we noticed that there was a show coming up in Grand Forks, North Dakota (which, in late November, is not necessarily high on our list of places to visit). We had already spent a good amount of money on shows and it would be a long, cold drive; it just didn’t seem realistic or practical to make the trek.

Should I stay or should I go?

But when you’re following your joy, it’s more of a “heart” thing. So we decided to pay attention to whatever messages came our way and follow the energy to see whether or not we should go.

Two days before the show, a pair of front row seats popped up on Ticketmaster! I certainly didn’t need any more of a clear message. Of course we jumped on the tickets and made our travel plans for the six-hour road-trip to the frozen tundra! And man was I glad we did…

Once again, it was such a thrill to be right in the front; to be a “part” of the show and get some nods and thumbs-up from the band members who saw us having a great time. It all felt pretty special! I was delighted to be there and share in the spirit and aliveness of music that night which connected all 10,000 of us music lovers.

30 years of joy culminating in one surprise moment

Shortly after the show started, Neil began singing the beautiful “September Morn.” This was a surprise, as he hadn’t sung that one before on the tour. He walked down the steps on the far side of the stage and continued his song, slowly walking the length of the front row, and he seemed to be coming in our direction. As he gradually made his way over, he stopped in front of me when our eyes locked, and then he reached out his hand toward me!

I took his hand and the entire arena erupted.

Neil pulled me close to him and continued singing to me as we moved down the front row together. I followed his lead as he sashayed along, the spotlight now on just the two of us! I remember hearing the screams all around me, but as far as I was concerned, there was nothing else going on in the world as we deeply stared into each other’s eyes during the song. I’m quite sure my smile had enough voltage to illuminate the arena!

I finished singing the lyrics with Neil and then he leaned in to kiss me. Wow, I didn’t see that coming! More cheering from the crowd.

Then we slowly parted and I walked back to my seat…stunned, awed, and with a quiet knowing that there was certainly a larger force involved in this unforgettable moment, almost 30 years in the making. I wondered if my team of angels had been hanging out in the rafters above so that they could witness first-hand the magic unfolding below?

Neil Diamond & Michelle Stimpson_Grand Forks
Later, several of the female concertgoers came up to me and said if it had been them that Neil picked, they would have either thrown up, fainted, or died on the spot. Instead, and to my surprise, I felt incredibly calm. It was a moment of perfection, carried out as though it was planned and choreographed, yet it was all so natural.
A sweet affirmation

When the song ended and Neil got back to his spot up on the stage, he thanked me for the kiss. And then he thanked Bill for not beating him up! Very sweet. It was one of those life moments that I will never forget. In ways, it felt like an affirmation for following my joy throughout my life and doing what truly makes me come alive. Heartfelt thanks to the universe for noticing my efforts and orchestrating that one! So much gratitude.

After the show, it was fun to revel in my instant stardom. I was congratulated, high-fived, and photographed with people I’d never met. It was fun living it up! Then we walked into the bar and everyone in the place got off their barstools to come over and meet me. When we sat down to order food, our server said, “Did you hear what happened tonight?!”

Not surprisingly, all the reporters and other fans wanted to know about “the kiss.” Of course I loved it and playfully told the Grand Forks Herald it was a “10.” On a bigger-picture level, though, the most important part of the experience for me was that it was truly a spiritual moment to connect so deeply with a beautiful soul who has touched my life in the most wonderful way for almost 30 years.

Believe that anything is possible

My favorite of all the articles that ran in the local papers over the next few days starts out like this: “All Neil Diamond fans can agree that the legendary performer who has sold 125 million records, who has a Grammy and 36 Top 40 hits, has a great voice. But Michelle Stimpson is one fan who also knows Neil Diamond is a good kisser.”

Funny! Who would have thought? And out of 82 concerts on the tour that spanned Europe and North America, this deal happened only once. Amazing…

Before the U.S. tour began last summer, I was interviewed for our local newspaper here in the Twin Cities. The writer suggested that I hold up a sign for Neil since I was in the front row and such a big fan. I replied that there weren’t necessarily any words I wanted to convey to Neil…instead, I just wanted him to see my smile, mirroring all of my joy and appreciation back to him.

Now, I can be 110% sure that Neil saw my smile.

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33 Responses to “How Synchronicity Led To A Front-Row Kiss”

  • Liv says:

    May I borrow your rock star mojo to make sure Jon Bon Jovi kisses me the next time I see him in concert?

  • Bill says:

    Even though I didn't get a kiss from Neil, too, it was still an incredible experience….one that I'll never forget!

  • Mark says:

    What an awesome experience and story! That could have happened only to you!

  • Julie says:

    Wow that is so great it made me cry!! You deserve every moment of that.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your stories are the most amazing examples of how the Universe guides pure intentions. They are fun and exciting, but more than that, they are inspiring!

  • Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful moment for you.

    I had read about this earlier but, when your post popped up on my google alerts, I had to comment.
    'Wish it were me' but, happy for you !

  • Julie says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!! You are the queen of all intentions!

  • Jennifer says:

    Okay…this is totally awesome!! Thank you soooo much for sharing an absolutely amazing story! Your excitement is contagious! :)

  • Chris says:

    You are so in the magic of life! It's such a blessings to hear about it, as it's validating and inspiring to see that energy work about us.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so thrilled you got the experience of a lifetime with Neil…totally awesome! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. By all accounts, I feel as if I was there witnessing this touching moment.

  • Rochelle says:

    The tears flowed again! I was so touched right from the start. After the first paragraph, I had to stop, and call you. Michelle, you tugged at my heart strings big time!

    Your writing is so passionate…you literally impact all of our lives with grace, love and respect, as we read it. I could feel every single second of your amazing experience as if I was actually right there…seeing it for myself…from the best seat in the house!

    You make me so proud!

    Love always,

    Auntie Rochelle

  • Connie says:

    You have created great Karma for yourself…that is incredible!

  • Sheila says:

    If any fan deserves to be kissed it's you! I'm excited for you…thanks for sharing your joy!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    You repeatedly show how anything, I mean ANYTHING, can happen…

  • Barb says:

    Dear Michelle,
    It was only a matter of time, given your passion and intention when it comes to Neil!

  • Anonymous says:

    I felt very moved by the whole deal. Because I believe you are right that your angels were putting you in touch with a soul that you have admired over the years. It was a beautiful thing, a beautiful story too the way you got it down. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.

  • Barbara says:

    It doesn't surprise me one bit because it was you, ha! You have good karma, better just accept it, Michelle!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so glad it happened to such a devoted fan. What an exciting experience to treasure.

  • Jane says:

    You bless people so much with your love and joy Michelle! Neil knew he could trust you…and that you would be gracious Bill. How cool! Hearing the story again makes me smile. Love! Jane

  • Carol says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Your story touched me in its child-like simplicity and faith to follow your heart and your bliss. I will pay attention to what makes me happy and follow it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Reading your blog reinforced that focusing on the positive IS the way to go even though we don't always know what the guiding signs are, until later. Guess I have to thank my angels for giving me your blog tonight.

  • Ann says:

    I wish I had been there to see it. He couldn't have picked a lovelier lady or bigger fan!

  • Michelle says:

    I have GOOSEBUMPS!!! So cool!!!

  • Michele says:

    Wow, Michelle!
    What an experience I bet you’ll remember for the rest of your life. I could feel your excitement as I read your story–thank you for sharing this! Your stories reaffirm for me the power of intention and that the law of attraction really works. You are a master manifestor!
    Love, Michele

  • Anonymous says:

    I was blown away! It’s like all that time, your whole life and everything that had ever happened, had to go just as it did for it all to meet up for that one special night. There are no coincidences in my opinion and stuff like that just confirms my personal belief in that. I can’t think of a more deserving person to be blessed with such “divine intervention” and I’m so happy for you!–K.

  • Thanks, everyone, for the affirmations and for cheering me on! I am still smiling…

  • Leslie King says:

    Oh Michelle, what an amazing story! It is so funny that I just purchased his cd "Hot August Night", one of my favorites ever. I can say that I would have been a fainter if that happened to me. And I'm sure Ken would have slugged him…just kidding, I never would have been able to get Ken to go! So interesting how it all came about, you continue to show me interesting little corners of life to which I need to pay more attention, thanks!

  • Cassie says:

    I just got your email and read this blog post. In the couple of minutes that it took me to read the story I laughed, I cried, and boy did I smile. That picture of us sure has me going down memory lane! How many times did we go to see The Jazz Singer at that movie theatre on Pico Boulevard???!!! I was so sad the day you moved away from L.A. but now I know that you stayed a "Diamond Girl Forever" just like you said you always would!

  • And the icing on the cake is reconnecting with you, Cassie, my best bud from Clover Ave. Elementary! Don't you love the picture?! I think it's in the morning after a sleepover. We were goofy girls back then, and it fills me with joy to be back in each other's lives now as adults. Our paths were definitely meant to cross after all these years, and I am so happy to have found you!

  • Oh my gosh… THAT is another awesome story. Michelle, you're magical! And Neil ain't so bad himself! (smile)

  • Joseph says:

    This is a wonderful story. I love You, Your Man, and Niel Diamond, alll of ya! I follow synchronicity daily. And the only reason I found this site was on account of some wierd pop song I heard at Bonnaroo (synchronicity overload festival) that had snchronicity in the title. The leads I follow are different than yours, hell its 4:50am where I’m at, but I too have had an experience as rare as yours, given the context of Mr. Diamond not being a serial front-row-babe-kisser and all. Kudos to your man who is secure enough in himself to be cool with this by the way. You are a baller my friend. PEACE FROM EAST TENNESSEE HAAAHAHAHAHA I love you all.

  • How FUN is this!!!

  • […] So, I thought it would be fun to share with you my amazing “full-circle” moment with Neil right here. I hope it makes you smile and brings you a bit of […]

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