Eat Worms Or Be Loved
Weedon got it right with Play In A Day
: tell 'em it's easy, get them started. He meant it when he claimed the guitar could be played in a day: not like he could, not like Andrés Segovia, not like Scotty Moore, but recognizable tunes could emerge in less than 24 hours. The influential Mr Weedon was even immortalized in song by one of the grooviest groups of the '60s, the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: "We are normal and we dig Bert Weedon," they sang. We should all be so normal.
On the brighter side, the 2012 Parliamentary Jazz Award
nominations showcase the breadth and depth of talent in the increasingly vibrant UK jazz scene. On the downside, only two of my nominees have made it through to the shortlist (but I'm not saying which two).
And there are only eight months to go until the JazzLife UK Gilded Butterfly Awards
Bert Weedon: Courtesy of Bert Weedon
All others: Bruce Lindsay