Diana Ross spoke those classic words back in 1983, during her historic 2-day concert even in New York’s Central Park. That full quote — “It took me a lifetime to get here…I’m not going anywhere” has since been resurrected in news clips, books about Diana Ross, and even by the diva herself when accepting a BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
It seems an apt quote to use here after a lengthy absence from The Diana Ross Project. After more than a year of weekly posts devoted to the major (and not-so-major) studio releases in the incredible Diana Ross discography, I gave my hands, my brain, and my computer a little rest. But it’s been INCREDIBLY gratifying to see everybody continue commenting on these posts. The debate of Diana’s albums will rage on forever — which are the best, which are the most underrated, and what each album tells us about the singer at that time in her life. I can’t tell you how much better I understand my own lifelong interest in Diana Ross thanks to your comments and differing points-of-view.
Anyway, after a brief remission, Diana fever is raging in my blood again. I’ve just purchased tickets to see The Boss in concert here in Atlanta on September 7th at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre — yaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! (Does that convey how I’m feeling?) This will be my first time seeing her live since back in 2007, when I caught a pair of shows in Florida promoting the I Love You album. Before that, I was lucky enough to see Diana on the Return To Love tour with The Supremes, and during her Take Me Higher tour back in the 90s. As most of us know, each and every time seeing Diana in concert is like the first; there’s always an excitement impossible to put into words.
So — the point of all this is that as my own anticipation of this show builds, I’m hoping to start writing about Diana regularly again. I may have covered her albums and singles already, but there are a lot of live performances, tour extravaganzas, and film and TV appearances to discuss. So, what do you think? Shall we ease on down the road a bit more?