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The Year That Was

Posted by robin jones on Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 was a great year for me. I lost 20 pounds. I gained 15 of it back, but at least now I know how to do what needs to be done. I didn't loose anybody I am particularly close to, defying a trend that had lasted the entire decade. And I got a banjo!

I absolutely love playing the banjo again. It reminds me of when I was a teenager, except I can't learn or play nearly as fast. Of course I did some things right and wrong, where picking the banjo back up was concerned. Here's a breakdown as I see it today...

Pros
  • I didn't settle for an intermediate instrument. I forked over the cash and bought a new Deering Deluxe and that was a smart move. I also bought a new D-18 and am learning to play bluegrass rhythm.
  • I got reacquainted with some of my old picking buddies. Most of them I hadn't seen or even heard about for some 15 years. As is almost always the case, however, with true friends, we've picked right up where we left off without missing a beat.
  • After a false start I re-dedicated myself to Scruggs style and Scruggs in particular. Timing, after all, is everything.
  • I bought and learned to practice with a metronome. It's an invaluable tool and everyone should have one and use it.
Cons
  • I took the hare, as opposed to the tortoise, approach to learning and playing when I got the banjo. I started picking out melodies and licks and playing them as fast as I could and that didn't do me any good. Luckily it dawned on me in a moment of clarity what I was doing. That came about as the result of some tough love from my friend John Kuhn. (Thanks again John!)
  • I had a awful experience trying to change the head on my banjo. It turned into a tailpiece problem and you all know how awful that can be... ;^/ A Cumberland from Fults cleared that little debacle right on up.
I don't do resolutions or goals. My life tends to turn on a dime and I've found the best way to be ready for that is not to be ready. I do, however, intend to practice, find people to play with, write, record, and in general have as much fun as I can without going to jail.

The new year is here and I believe it's going to be the best one yet for anyone who'll let it. To believe or behave otherwise is self-defeating and I'm done being my own worst enemy, thank you very much.

Good Luck and God Bless!


2 comments on “The Year That Was”

mrphysics55 Says:
Monday, January 5, 2009 @2:34:37 PM

Robin, some Good commentary on adjusting to life!

All my best to you.

From, just "Up the Road" in BHAM, I'm ....

MrP (Eddie)

TopCat Says:
Wednesday, January 7, 2009 @4:50:15 AM

Great blog, Robin. Keep on keeping on.

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