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November 16, 2013

In Which My Banjo Becomes Famous…

Today when I arrived for my shift monitoring the radio station, not only was I greeted by the amazing sounds of (check it out by clicking there –>) yyu, an artist that we were filming, and streaming live on the radio, but also the sight of my banjo lying on the floor.  yyu  was covered in a lacy sheet and singing and producing sounds from a small machine that was shrouded under his lace. It was really interesting to hear his music.  At first, I felt a slight panic rise in me.  I had left my banjo in the station, trusting that everyone would respect it- and that nothing bad would happen to it. I quickly quelled my fears as I lost myself in the mind stretching and amazing music that I was experiencing live with just about four other people.  I hope that people listened in on the radio, and we should have the recording up soon (which I will try to post if I can).  After he was done performing, I found out that he had been using my banjo for some of his music. Instead of being annoyed that someone had been using  Susannah without my permission- I was flattered, and curious.  I was happy that my banjo was actually GETTING PLAYED.  I feel as though I haven’t been playing it quite enough, and I want to get some use out of it.  It is great that both my friends at the radio station, and musicians that have been hosted at the station have been able to get some use out of it.

I really regret that I was unable to motivate myself to stop writing my newsletter for my fundraising class, leave my dorm and get to the radio station a little sooner to hear the banjo music.  I need to get a banjo alert system that goes off anytime someone is playing a banjo around my campus so I can immediately show up, listen & learn.

My banjo in my messy closet from last year...

October 31, 2013

Banjo Movies

Movies with banjos… I hadn’t really thought about how some great movies have scenes with banjos in them- and then all of a sudden, I did.  I found a list online of movies that include banjos, and as I reflected back on the ones that I had seen, it was clear that the banjo was featured, and made a least a little bit on impression on me.


The movie that stuck out to me most was the Muppet Movie.  I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten that the banjo was featured somewhat prominently in one of my favorite childhood movies.  In the beginning of the movie, before Kermit sets out on his journey to become a movie star, he sits calmly in his bog singing “The Rainbow Connection”, and playing the banjo-of course!! Hard to believe that I did not remember this childhood banjo relic.  This song was always enjoyed by me- my sister and I even tried to memorize most of the lyrics one day.


Also on the list was “Cool Hand Luke” a movie featuring Paul Newman.  He plays the song “Plastic Jesus” which I had found unbelievable entertaining when I watched the movie, and sang it for weeks afterword.  The banjo, of course, is the instrument that he sadly plays throughout his prison sentence.  This is one of the bright spots in the movie, and was mostly what I remembered from the movie other than the upsetting ending.

Harold and Maude was also on the list, a movie that I have only seen once and had no recollection of a banjo whatsoever- but I found the clip with the banjo!  I want to watch it again- especially now that I know there’s a banjo!  Interestingly Bonnie and Clyde was also on the list, I’ve never seen that whole movie but for some reason I associate it with Harold and Maude even though the premise is almost entirely different.