Posted by jrjenks on Thursday, April 16, 2009
A check-in on the Banjo versus TV project — J.R.'s ongoing plan to spend more time on his banjo than on TV. This post covers 3/8/2009 through 3/14/2009.
I've recently gotten Steve Martin's CD The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo. The first track, Daddy Played The Banjo, brought to mind the cover of Earl Scrugg's book Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo:
One day Daddy put my fingers down upon the strings
He picked it with his other hand; we made the banjo ring.
The possible connection to that cover art is made even stronger by Steve Martin's choice of singer for this song: Gary Scruggs.
I shared these thoughts with Dave, who told me the sad story of who that kid really was.
He was Earl's son Steve Scruggs who, as Dave described it, "had a lot of demons." Steve Scruggs died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds in 1992.
I'm not sure whether Steve Martin intended his song to make such a connection, but I found one. Listen to the song, think about that cover (and Steve Scruggs) and see if you don't find the same thing.
Things I learned at this week's banjo lesson:
Also in the last week:
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