On days when it seems that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, it’s therapeutic to listen to some excellent guitar playing. Go watch and listen to a Frank Vignola and Tommy Emmanuel duet. Either they are the best actors in the world, or they truly love what they are doing. I’m quite certain the latter is the case.
While you’re there, check out some of the videos listed on the left featuring Frank Vignola and friends, including the great Vinny Raniolo. Don’t miss the tune from the Soave Guitar Festival 2009 or the Bumblebee Jam. Hell, they’re all good.
Below are photos of a tee shirt that Eric created and gifted to me and others who attended the 2004 Blogmeet in Helen, Georgia. It was the first blogmeet I’d ever attended, and it truly was a memorable experience, which included my indulging in more than a little taste of Georgia “wine.” Great memories, right there. I blogged about the blogmeet and the cast of characters here, many of whom I have partied with somewhat regularly since 2004.
The shirt had been tucked away as a memento until a few weeks ago when I decided that it was high time that I wear it. I’ve been regularly sporting it around town, waiting to be besieged by autograph seekers.
In 1957, when the Diamonds has their monster hit, “Little Darlin’,” I was just about old enough to be a Boy Scout, but I remember the song well. To be a hit a song back then it had to sell a shitload of records (i.e. those flat, black things with grooves). To see the same guys re-assemble after forty-seven years and sing their hit tune speaks to me on many levels.
The Diamonds, forty-seven years later.
For those of you who, like me, are old enough to remember the Diamonds, or who give a crap about any of this, the Diamonds are the same guys who sang “The Stroll,” which was also a dance.
I know how to do The Stroll. Do you?
Thanks to reader Dave for the links.
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I confess to never having fully understood the differences between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England. I hid this dirty little secret, for fear of looking stoooopid. After watching this video, I’ll bet I’d have lots of company on the stoooopid bus.