The year 2008 is when I first joined Banjo Hangout, and when I started to play the banjo. I realized I hadn’t changed my blog since. But then I also thought and wondered if I did; would anyone read it anyway? Some have read the first and only blog, so maybe others would read a new one. But then do I have anything much to say? Would anyone care anyway? I don’t know.
In my first blog I expressed a desire to play music and sing as my late brother Sonny used to. Well not just like he used to as we are, where, very different people, so we sound differently and play different instruments. My desire has come true. I do play my banjo(s) and I do sing. My wife and family say I do well, one hopes they are not just being nice, but even if they are, it is nice of them to compliment me. I on the other hand know I have far to go in playing my banjo and singing, but that is OK, for I learned long ago the journey is far more important then the destination. My life long vocation of being an artist (painter) has taught me that. In this journey I have also taken up pen (well actually pencil but pen sounds better) in hand and have begun to write my own songs. Songs of those who I love, those who still are in this world and those who have departed, songs of with a cowboy feel or bluesy feel, songs of what nature means to me, songs of worldly comment, and songs that I hope will make some one want to dance or at least smile. I also enjoy playing the covers of artists I can only hope to be as good as them.
I hope to get some of my original songs posted here (soon), see what others think. See if the thick skin I grew as an artist will hold strong as an armature musician and singer. I have a new desire you see, to sing in public before I am 60. Some open mic night maybe in the town I live near, maybe across the country where my son lives on a visit to see him (he too plays, guitar and banjo). Two years and counting to go through with it, to play and sing in front of an audience. Just thinking about makes my stomach clench. But I will do it, for better or worse.Add Comment
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Started playing banjo at 55 years of age, three years ago. Why the banjo? I do not know, it picked me, I think. I play and sing and write my own songs, for better or worse, bad or good I enjoy it. My real job, if you can call it that, is as a full time Fine Artist, a painter of landscapes in oil and pastel. After nearly forty years of trying to become a famous artist ( I'm still working at that) it is my first love after my wife and family. My music though is not plan B, but I am not adverse to playing publicly when I can gather up the courage, I promise my self by the time I hit sixty. My art webste if anyone is interested is: www.markbrockman.com
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