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Bittersweet gift

Posted by pete hobbie on Monday, December 1, 2008

So yesterday A bunch of us gathered over at Banjo Bobs house to play some tunes ( Bob Jordan Of hampshire co. W Va.).Bob has been the Guru and mentor of a whole bunch of Banjo junkies around this area. Well he's doing pretty bad these days with the cancer thing,so we all went over to play some tunes. He wouldnt play ,said he's retired ,so he just kinda watched. It was pretty emotional at times.
          So where I'm headed with this is ,at one point he took me aside and said he wanted to give me something.His old Bacon model FF. We both where pretty chocked up at this point. I still am. I'm torn between wanting to hear him play it for another 20 years and being thrilled to be it's new caretaker.Guilt and Glee. Pretty heavy stuff here.
I've never had a banjo I didnt make ......

4 comments on “Bittersweet gift”

randyblair Says:
Monday, December 1, 2008 @6:19:55 PM

That's quite an honor Pete and yes, you put it well in describing it bittersweet...this is life and the stuff that songs are made of.  Playing that banjo will not be "just" playing a banjo.  Banjo Bob is in my prayers tonight and so are you.


DandyRandy Says:
Monday, December 1, 2008 @6:46:44 PM

Couldn't say it any better than Randy did. Will add that without love there can not be grief.

pandjlocke Says:
Monday, December 1, 2008 @10:33:10 PM

That's good stuff, Pete. See if you can sqeeze a little more love outa that 'jo. I'm sure it won't be hard; probably alot in there. Prayers sent for you both.

Peace and love,


Jane C Says:
Friday, December 5, 2008 @11:34:55 AM

He handpicked you, so he obviously  believes he is leaving it in good and deserving hands. Play it with joy and often and enjoy it for him would be my advice.


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