BMI published songwriter, lyricist, poet and jingle-man, Johnny Diggs is known as a promoter of live bands and underground house, hip hop, electronic Djs for large outdoor and indoor events, stage hand, and worked for several years on the west coast and Hawaii promoting multitudes of band. Diggs aka Jonathan Ditto has been steadily building up his music catalog which can be heard over at Broadjam or Soundcloud. Diggs also collaborates with singer and songwriter Brian Brooks, as he has done on the song “Find Myself”.
“Find Myself” is a track laced with pathos and most importantly, heartbeats of the human condition. Jonathan Ditto has an incredible ability to create characters and situations in his songs which seem as real and familiar as your very own soul. His insightful and enigmatic lyrics combined with the free and comfortable singing style applied by Brian Brooks will almost certainly appeal to most fans of folk, country, and Americana. The lyrics could so easily be a powerful and poetic view of the un-chronicled lives of so many people.
“As I listen for the sun to set again
As I wait for the shooting stars good bye my friends
As I make a brand new start to another land
Come if you will, Stay if you can
Where the midnight sun and the songbird sings
Where heaven touches an angels wings
Sometimes I find myself, searching through the looking heart
Sometimes I find myself , making a brand new start”
“Long way from Memphis” also co-written with Brooks, is about being on the road missing the root home in Memphis, says Jonathan, but still liking the road out West and hitching around the States. Nowadays, this music would be called alt-country or something, but it is easy to appreciate and it will change the way you think about the simple things we usually take for granted.
“I traveled many highways, across many different states
Often times I’d wind up, showing up too late
And I’ve seen a lot of people, I seen them come and go
But now I’m running faster, so much faster than before
Cause it’s a long, long way from Memphis to my heart
Yes it’s a long, long way from Memphis to my heart”
Again Jonathan Ditto proves to be a plain-spoken and sometimes wry lyricist on this guitar-strumming, Eagles-like track. His words are real-life, down-to-earth reflections that are intelligent, penetratingly insightful and genuine. Ditto has a way with taking any subject, including losing your way on the road, and creating a heartfelt song that will tell the story. His songs truly have something for everyone and expose emotions. Together with co-writer Brian Brooks, the two men show what a brilliant warm-hearted and deep understanding of human nature and the ability to put their understanding to music, they have.