On days when it seems that the world is going to hell in a handbasket, itâ€™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. Iâ€™m quite certain the latter is the case.
While youâ€™re there, check out some of the videos listed on the left featuring Frank Vignola and friends, including the great Vinny Raniolo. Donâ€™t miss the tune from the Soave Guitar Festival 2009 or the Bumblebee Jam. Hell, theyâ€™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 Iâ€™d ever attended, and it truly was a memorable experience, which included my indulging in more than a little taste of Georgia â€œwine.â€ 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. Iâ€™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.