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Playing Since: 2012
Experience Level: Novice

Gender: Male
Age: 38

My Instruments:
My Sugar~Babe is a Gold Tone WL-250… she crossed the seas to find me (and outsang the mermaids, each to each), from the hallowed House of Zepp – alas, it is no more! Still have my first banjer as well – a Fender FB-300 – though truth be told, she got into the Jameson one night, and tried to make herself into a semi-fretless - using nothing but a file and a lot of squinting – and things really haven't been the same between us since… (I warned her, but she don't listen.) I have an old Yamaha F310 guitar lurking around here somewhere too, though the poor thing has been rendered leery and sullen since around the time when those banjos started moving in with us… (I also suspect that there may have been a series of unresolved run-ins with an unidentified 'string-misappropriater' over the years, though this is just a theory). Someone gave me a pretty fierce harmonica when I was just a sprout, so I've got that as well, though my unabated love of red Pall Malls has led to a somewhat lengthy delay in the Little Walter Department. That’s about it, though my new neighbor asked me the other day if I play the violin (I had been bumping the Frank Fairfield the previous evening), and without thinking, I told him: "…not yet." Hmmm...

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Other than when I am sleeping or writing, I've always, ALWAYS got my music playing - I was blessed to be raised by parents who love music as much as they love each other. I definitely enjoy many, many different genres and styles of music, and the only truly common thread running between them all would be that I generally don't listen much to anything that developed past the late ཮'s, early ླྀ's - although, of course, there are always (a few) exceptions... Regarding my relevant musical proclivities, I guess that (if forced to choose) I would have to name Morgan Sexton and Roscoe Holcomb as my two favorite traditional & old-time musicians, with Buell Kazee right on their heels. As for my other favorite banjo-ists - playing & singing - I would list the following (in no deliberate order): Ola Belle Reed, Oscar Wright, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Matokie Slaughter, Clarence Ashley, Gaither Carlton, Sidna Myers, Obray Ramsey, Pete Seeger, Kyle Creed, Frank Fairfield, Blind Boy Paxton, Glen Smith, Carl Johnson, Hunter Robinson, the South Carolina Broadcasters, the Appaloosas, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Mike Seeger - although that's really just the 'tip of the iceberg' - I think that encountering beautiful music for the first time is one of life's greatest gifts and pleasures... There are also quite a few folks here on the BHO, as well as on Youtube, who I greatly admire, appreciate, and strive to learn from - off the top of my head, they include: Janet Burton, Donald Zepp, Tom Robarts, Terry SoRelle, and Yigal Zan, but really there are many, many more indeed... I also have a GREAT love for traditional & old time fiddle music, and hope to one day learn that as well - but for now, there's still - to say the very least - more than enough clawhammer banjo-ing to fill my plate (and it ain't a small plate either). As for my other favorite musical genres, I couldn't live without the traditional Jewish holy music of the Sefardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities - primarily piyyutim, niggunim, and zmirot, but also Hazzanut (the ritual chanting and/or singing of our prayers, called Tefillot, and our holy texts, like the Tehillim, Pirkei Avot, and the Zohar HaKadosh). I also love classic soul music, and I'm proud to be a third generation lover of Sam Cooke. I have also always loved the blues, which was the soundtrack for much of my childhood and formative years, due to my father's great love of it. I generally prefer prewar blues - especially country blues, of both the bottle-neck slide and finger-picking variety. I pretty much stick to the acoustic blues, with the sole exception being the profoundly evocative, powerfully expressive electric blues of Mr. Jimmy Hendrix... Pretty much, the music which speaks to me is that which speaks the language of raw and honest emotion, used as a means of giving voice to a feeling which can't be expressed in any other way. And - regardless of what it may or may not imply about my nature - I admit that the songs and melodies of great loss and deeper sorrow are those which tend to resonate most loudly in my soul and inner parts.

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Created 5/21/2012
Last Visit 11/13/2015

My name is Daniyel Yisra'el ben-Asher. I was fortunate enough to misspend my childhood in the sunny hamlet of S.E. Albuquerque, until about a month after my 18th birthday, when I left the States for good.. I've been in Israel ever since. I spent about a decade in the Military & Security Services here, with my first tour as regular Infantry (Nahal Brigade, 931st division), my second as a Barrett sniper in that unit, and the rest with the Recon. team of an Explosives & Engineering Unit, primarily as a sniper as well... I spent some time working in Protection for the Gov. in Jerusalem, then studied at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzelia for a couple of years, where I learned how to learn, and not much else. It was worth it.

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