Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Diddley Bo

Why is it that after 44 years – for some a little more than a lifetime, the Rolling Stones “Let it Bleed” still works so well as an album? It's a curious mixture of cornball rubbish, bad playing, bad singing, poor songwriting and a ramshackle production ( Exile on Main Street is worse), yet despite this it's a great album and strangely for me and my single figure attention span I never get bored with it, I fact it gives me goosebumps. The whole thing must be proof of the existence and the success of chaos theory and that music that is pristine and polished seldom cuts as deep as the rusty blade the Stones used then.

Moving from this we have the holy grail of rough cut music, here's a Diddley Bo carefully handcrafted from 2 x 4, a whisky bottle, a spare hum-bucker and a string and some nails by my son-in-law Guy. Does it make proper music? Of course and it's also strangely satisfying and challenging to play.


  1. Hello, I found your blog when searching for the Black Sabbath tee worn by Robert Downey in the Avengers, odd huh? So, I started following your blog and this post about the Stones is a good reason why I did. I dabble with writing about music too but dabble with writing about beer more often.

    Keep typing!

  2. Hi Chris, thank you for the comment. I'm afraid this blog wanders all over the place but music does come up now and again. It was at first meant to promote our own music (Impossible Songs) but kinda drifted after a while. Beer is a good topic to discuss, we have plenty of it here in Scotland.Have fun!

  3. We get the Orkney Ales all the way over here in East Tn. and I love them.