All posts by diana Stone

About diana Stone

Diana is a performing composer and muscian playing Piano Violin & Guitar. She currently plays with the Rock/Roots band Elephant Shelf and also the Delta Ladies who mix roots acoustic music and electronica. She composes in a variety of styles from pop to rock to Jazz and and classical music.Diana is also expert in multi-media recording and music production.

August 2020 the beginning

A good a start to August playing live music in the courtyard at “The Drawing Room” in Chesham with Jon Bickly (guitar and vocals)  and John Maw (mandolin and cigar Box Guitar). Good Beer and good food and all that a hobbit could delight in.

Also I have discovered the delights of cleanfeed which is a remote recording an broadcasting software like having multiple ISDN lines and is amazing for doing remote recordings and rehearsals in CD quality. So I shall be able to start collaborating with people easily from the home studio in real time a bit. I think by the time we hit the winter months that’s going to be really useful for creative sanity. 

I don’t expect to see anything like normal pre-covid life resuming for a very long time. Perhaps even a couple of years or so. I do know that I have to make sure I get out of the flat on a daily basis to keep my mental health on track. As there are starting to be a few social distanced events starting up I will try and get out a bit more and hopefully show my face a bit again. One tends to obsess somewhat with just ones only company a lot of the time. We must have a bit of faith in the future

Notes from a lazy Sunday afternoon

Yesterday was a strangely mixed day. A video conference and a test collaborative music session online where we recorded from 4 different locations live together and got a very decent result that sounded much like it would if we had all been playing in the same room.  That’s something that has really been an eye opener for me in many ways as I feel we have a long way to go before we can fully escape our current lock-down days. So a good start to the day. Unfortunately, my back had other plans so whilst it started well, I Had a lot of pain and ended up watching a lot of YouTube and i Player stuff.

Today was a walk in the woods, well riverbank and very uplifting. I needed that I must admit. Fortunately, there is plenty of space to enjoy nearby. In the last 4 days I had got a bit despondent and not been out and was frankly sinking a bit. The news never gets any better either.  My last proper studio recording was on Tuesday and since then I had been struggling a lot.  A lot of background static in my mind has been playing out. The sort of stuff that its often difficult to discuss with anyone to be honest. 


The young pigeon

A very young and newly minted pigeon on the window sill. this morning.

It flew over to the railings on the balcony and walked up and down a bit then it decided just lie back and sit on the window ledge again but however When It flew back it collided with the window at a fare rate of knots. It didn’t stun itself but it looked distinctly pissed off and eyed me up through the window again with a very familiar look as if it knew me from somewhere. I quickly pulled the blind down to discourage it from flying into the window again and it took off in the correct direction.

Pigeons we get in Great Denham do seem a bit healthier looking than the London ones which unfortunately seem to have everything from feet missing to strange lumps.


I wonder if when we eventually get back to a real opening up in a year or so there might be more not for profit just for the craic spontaneous musical happenings of various sorts. Will people perhaps celebrate the fact that they have weathered the storm. A summer of peace and unwise sexual liaisons?


July 8 2020

The pubs reopened last Saturday, but I have not been tempted yet.  There are a lot of alfresco opportunity’s to get a drink around these parts though.

So today is  wet Wednesday July I think it’s about time that I put another blog entry on my main blog so here we go I spent the beginning of the month just starting to record a new song I couldn’t quite get the lyrics sorted until today day but they hopefully it should work when I attempt to sing them. Unfortunately today has been quite a bad day for aches and pains and anxiety and grumbling and feeling stressed nothing new there but on some days there’s no way to distract yourself from it as it’s been pouring with rain the last 2 days I’ve taken myself out for a little bit of a car ride around the very attractive countryside in this direction. I want to get back to attempting to write the bike again soon but I think the weather is going to have to sort itself out quite considerably  and that won’t happen until  Saturday which seems on a day like this as far away as Christmas 🙂

So here is a song about social media. Whatever that is.

I did have a visitor last Sunday. Danny who played the percussion in  the delta ladies and that was a nice change but today is one of those climbing the walls today. It’s not just a matter of the lock down or that many things I would normally do are just not possible at the moment but also the fact that I am fairly cut off here now now now that was something I didn’t foresee when we moved  the expectation was that I would still be doing the regular two to three gigs a week which would not only keep my money supply topped up but keep me socially connected and that has a course now or come to a complete halt, and I have to say I am not dealing with it terribly well at all.

Today has been a lot of pacing up and down which are now doing as I attempt to dictate this and it’s quiet and I’m not quite in the right mood for doing the vocal for the song the sitting on the recorder almost ready to go so there we have it me sitting about alright walking about thinking about it mostly and watching the rain which I guess is what a lot of people doing too, but hey who knows I have about 4 people that I’m regularly in contact with most of the other people are really acquaintances.  At times like this it just doesn’t go so well 

I like people but I am not an easy conversationalist, I often say to  little or too much or don’t listen too well.

I generally have a bottle of wine once a week which I drink in little Sips over 3 or 4 days in the evening  I could easily drink a lot more  but I suspect if I did it might become a little too much of a habit also it would become run-of-the-mill and a bit less of a treat one thing I do find recently is that unless something is incredibly absorbing  I cannot watch programs on television without my mind floating  off into some other place. I don’t know if this is normal or not but it does seem to be quite a problem in the last 2 or 3 months so today is really really really not good  it’s almost stop raining but apparently it’s going to rain all night and most of tomorrow too which is a bit rubbish.  

I should be doing something useful and creative. But hey.