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Are banjo players inherently nuts, or is it just me?

Posted by Dave Gregory on Monday, November 26, 2012




In the many years I've spent playing music, or pursuing other activities of the music playing world, I've come to realize it is not how successful you are at making money as a performer that matters. The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing.

Like a golf game, one tries to better their game, sometimes you get a hole in one, other times, you might have to go look in the woods for where you threw your banjo, after some imagined irritation from missing the ball. I'm still looking for that banjo I tossed into the trees, . . .

Mostly I think I'm crazy, but, I try to enjoy the moments that I can. Possibly being a bit nutty has helped me find interesting places to take my musical journeys. Being a bit nutty, has also removed the enjoyment from many experiences that would otherwise of been incredible memories. 
I'll say to myself, as much as anyone who cares, if it's not working, take a break, go work at Walmart or whatever will make a few dollars, and spend that money on cat food. Being able to feed ones cats is very soothing to the soul.
Swisshhhhhhhhhhhh   smack!     "FOUR ! ! . . . . . .   Dhuoooo! Not again."

12 comments on “Are banjo players inherently nuts, or is it just me?”

Andyincov Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @10:31:42 AM

yeah, I think you might be nuts DaveLOL.

Torben Pedersen Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @11:40:48 AM

Hi Dave...I think all we banjo players are a "little" banjo nuts. Everytime I`m together with music freinds, I try to indoctrinate all the good things about playing the banjo. Hope that more people in Denmark, would like to play the instrument.
But all right...Maybe Andy is right....maybe you are a little more nuts than us...(LOL)
PS: I love people, who`s not afraid to walk at new tracks.

AB Junior Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @11:44:09 AM

For sure feeding one's cats is number one. I use D'oh! quite a bit when playing golf AND banjo.

Andyincov Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @12:08:21 PM

I need to STOP feeding my cat - he weighs about 15 kilos!

MBCrawford Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @12:18:29 PM

Well there has to be something wrong with people that play the banjo..................

Andyincov Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @12:24:44 PM

surely you meant to say that DON'T play the banjo...

Dave Gregory Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @12:41:59 PM

I've never golfed an inch or centimetre in my life. But from what I've heard is it can be frustrating losing your ball in the rough. I think since I got back from New York last week, and learning of our dear friend Dave, I kind of had one too many experiences.

Honestly, I'm up and down about stuff in life some time, and it reflects upon how I feel I fit into the world. Touring can be hard on one, and you can catch the plague or the melon-collies.

I think I just need to take some time to reflect on the great things that have come my way in my life, then just take the extra stroke on my score card. (not that I'm keeping score, its just a metaphor I feel fits)

Torben, I was glad to see that you received the box of music I sent you, as far as getting back to you once I learned of our row boat finely getting to Denmark, like I said, I think I had one to many experiences . . . . OK as nuts as I am I'll, go look for that ball and banjo in the woods one more time, and stop dreaming of a carer at Walmart.

I'm glad I don't like drinking much, 'cause, . . .
"If the river was whiskey, and I was a diving duck, if the river was whiskey, and I was a diving duck, I would dive on to the bottom, and never ever come up," (from the Muddy Waters song, Rolling and Tumbling).

Thanks to all at the BHO, its kind of like a great big bowl of mixed nuts that never goes empty, no mater how many you eat.

Dave Gregory Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @12:44:47 PM

No, he ment "play the banjo" Ha ha, . . . or as the kids say these days, LOL

rgoad Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @5:29:10 PM

If you have a song in your head you can't get out, and it is being played by a banjo, you are crazy as Hell!! I hear John Henry all the time. And De Boatman's Dance. And Sandy Boys. And Darlin' Corie. And Shortnin' Bread. And Liza Jane. And Sugar Hill. BWAH-HAH-HAH-HAH!!!!

It is very difficult playing with these long sleeves.

Dave Gregory Says:
Monday, November 26, 2012 @6:15:00 PM

I don't hear anything at the moment, . . . . hmmm . . . nope, nothing . . . . I must be sane, . . . . No wait, there it is, twang, twang twang twang-ity twang twang twang, to the tune of "Crazy D" in the key of (Gm) at 168 bpm. I'm fine now.

Try putting on some Green Sleeves, they will sound better, and might be easier to play in.

neillconnor Says:
Thursday, December 6, 2012 @11:15:11 AM

Yep banjo players are mad but generally happy. I've just been sacked from my job on a trumped up charge, and as the manager was droning on I just thought to myself, more time for banjo practise. I've got to fight the dismissal through the tribunal system and my wife was mad, and so was I for a moment as the sacking was to avoid my 16 years service redundancy payment but what made me madder was that I still can't play the middle section of Sally Ann the way Steve Martin plays it........

Dave Gregory Says:
Thursday, December 6, 2012 @1:39:38 PM

Neil, it seems like you're feeling the invisible hand of the "Banksters" who control the world. Like millions of other hard working folks, the corporate philosophy has influenced how management handles, the balancing of the books. Our humanity has no place on the ledger sheets, and seems to have been forgotten, in favour of the bottom line.

As you said, more time to practice, you and Sally Ann. Take her out to the wood shed, and cop some wood. But of course there is the real world of mortgages and keeping the lights on, I hope it works out, and you can keep a good perspective on the situation, for your self and your family. A little banjo playing might just be the thing.

Good luck

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