In honor of another woman who, as the common parlance goes, rocks out loud.
After a little research, I found out that the Bo Diddley clip I posted below is from a 1966 movie called The Big TNT Show.
And that "Girl with Guitar" is The Duchess, Ms. Norma-Jean Wofford.
From Answers.com and Spectropop:
"The Duchess cut an amazing figure on stage with the band...working alongside singers Gloria Morgan and Lily "Bee Bee" Jamieson, i.e. the "Bo-ettes," ...her main function was providing the lead fills on various songs or doubling with Bo Diddley's own rhythm guitar; on stage, they made a combination more overpowering than Brian Jones and Keith Richards.
Lending her inimitable style to the grooves of 1962's "Bo Diddley & Company" and 1963's "Bo Diddley's Beach Party" albums, she accompanied him on his first tour of England that same year, where her guitar prowess created a stir equaled only by that of her skin-tight gold lamé cat suit. Asked by one dauntless investigator how she managed to get into it, Norma-Jean responded by pulling out an over-sized shoehorn.
Wofford's decision to get married ended her career -- she left the band and settled down to raise a family. "Settled down, eh?
I'd like to think that at least once during one of the holiday parties at her kids' school, Norma-Jean, as room parent, lead a raucous round of "Up On The Housetop" after teaching the 1st graders to kick out a Bo Diddley beat on the desktops.
Or that in the middle of a difficult teen-attitude, eye-rolling, "omg, Mom, you're sooooooooo embarrassing me with your square, settled-down ways" moment, Norma-Jean turned heel, grabbed the old Gretsch guitar from the back of the bedroom closet, and convinced her kids once and for all that mama ain't just about laundry and homework and cooking a tender pot roast.
Mama - okay, now I'm talking about me mostly, let's be clear here...I mean, it's still my blog, tributes notwithstanding - Mama is more than just a two-dimensional satellite that revolves around the family.
Mama loves you more than air, honey, and Mama would lift a bus to get at you, darling.
But if "settled-down" even in its definition of "Zen fulfillment of selflessness through service to others" is ever misinterpreted as "the metaphorical gold lamé cat suit of Mama's former self has individuated to become an empty, Ziplock baggie", well kiddo, let me show you a few power chords I still happen to know.
Okay...enough about me.
I mean, The Duchess.
I mean, me.
Before performing on stage with The Duchess, Bo Diddley performed with Lady Bo.
Lady Bo, a.k.a. Peggy Jones, a.k.a. Queen Mother of Guitar.
"I am not an entertainer who creates copy, nor am I the daughter of someone famous. I am strong in my beliefs and convictions. I am one; I am special; I am somebody, and most important, I am me. I've walked down the path many light years ago to prove that: Yes, I can do this! Watch me fly!" ~ Lady Bo.
That is possibly the best affirmation I have ever read.
I'm getting that quote tattooed on my forearm.
Because, you know, sometimes it's Mama telling Mama the Ziplock baggie lie.
Go forth, friends, and Rock Out Loud.
Even in the settled-down service of life, hum a little power chord.
Pin a piece of gold lamé
to your pot roast.
In fact, why don't you tell me where and when it is that you "pin your gold lamé"?
For example, I'd been sitting 3+ hours a week watching one of my daughters figure skate, and I kept thinking "I would have loved to learn how to figure skate." It took me over three years to finally slap myself in the head and then pin on my gold lamé. I bought a pair of figure skates (thank you, George Bush and the American tax payers) and I'm now taking lessons. I'll let you know when I land my first lutz.
This is for Sweetney. "Come As You Are". Go there. Do it. It's liberating.