Posted by Janna on Thursday, April 2, 2015
I wasn't here on banjohangout for so long...dear friends, please forgive me, shame on me!
There were very big changes in my life and it took more than one year for me to realize what happened. I didn't play my beautiful banjo...because it seemed noone in my real life could understand me. I was trying to create a band, play guitar, sing everything for a living, because it was hard and strange times in my life. All my life was change after we become apart with my best friend, my boyfriend and my producer Alex who made all the music arrangements and all other things for me. But now we're apart and started new lives with another partners. It's always not easy to start from zero. It is strange and very unusual for me and it was for the first time. Some of my banjo friends on Facebook helped me to not give up by writing their kind and inspiring comments and letters, it was so nice and helpful. Some of my good american friends sent me presents...oh, I was so happy to receive them...
So, I spent so many months trying to create any musical project by myself, I met many new people and musicians for collaboration. But nothing was coming out of this.
It seemed that now I'm little tired of trying to make what people are waiting from me and what they want... I need to do anything just for myself, for my soul...and even not for money and for the crowd... I took my banjo two days ago and I understood that it's my own cute little world, my wonderland, where my banjo is a fairy door or rabbit hole that takes me away from my reality in Uzbekistan to amazing American places through the million miles and hundreds of years... Every tune which I learn from banjo tabs is like a magic key to the next adventure... and some of the tunes looks just like magical precious artefacts for me. I'm sorry for my English, but I just tried to explain what I feel about banjo playing while I still live so far away from the all of bluegrass community. I love you.
I tried to listen to my heart to understand what I really want. And I understood that I just want to play banjo! I want to play cute little banjo tunes learned from tabs, about little rabbit, kittycats and apples, little fish, sleepy owl, rain drops and etc))
Today I recorded this video just on my mobile phone )
The tune named "Little Rabbit" 😊
I know that I play it very slow...but, I'm sorry, I can't play it as fast as it must be... hope I could play it fast someday.
on “My Banjo Wonderland”
Chris Meakin Says:
Thursday, April 2, 2015 @11:54:57 PM
As long as you're happy Janna!
And that was great picking for someone who has been away from the banjo for as long as you have.
PS Your English is absolutely fine. I'm being serious!
Friday, April 3, 2015 @6:37:48 AM
Beautiful words Janna.
Friday, April 3, 2015 @2:55:02 PM
Banjo feeds the soul and brings joy. And you have a great appetite for it.
Thanks for your post. Blessings.
Monday, April 6, 2015 @12:46:59 PM
I've really missed you Janna. All my friends I do not hear from get prayers every day. There's a reason they call it bluegrass. you see, it was the original country way of expressing blues before 'blues' came along. Just consider life changes as a good way of providing new material - eventually, when we get past it and can laugh again after moving on. Let God and your heart be your guide in all things; you cannot go wrong - no matter what life throws - it won't stick. Take care and God Bless. Happy to have you back in the family hon.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 @9:40:50 AM
Life is the best teacher, said Doc Watson. It can certainly be hard at times, but then improves greatly again. I like the comment above this one and suggest you read it again and again.
When I was young I got to choose how the banjo would be a part of my life. Listen to what's inside and you'll make the best decisions.
If you were in California you could play for my class of first graders. They'd love your choice of songs!
Friday, May 8, 2015 @6:10:48 AM
Thanks friends!!! You're the best! I love you! You always inspire me and bring me to life!
Monday, May 11, 2015 @9:26:24 AM
We should always be here to support each other in our efforts to get through this life. Nothing negative ever. Thinking of you, and certainly, we believe you are the best too hon! Thanks.
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