The 3 Things That Made Me Want to Learn Banjo

I’ll say right now that I have many more inspirations as far as practicing my banjo, but these are what started it all…

Steve Martin with Banjo

1.  Steve Martin – He’s been playing banjo since he was 17 & has two bluegrass albums out (as well as appearances on others’) – “There’s two things to be moved by in the banjo: one is its speed, and one is its emotion. And the banjo is rich with both of those.”

Kermit playing banjo

2.  Kermit the Frog – When the plinka-plinka is first heard from the swamps…  If the coolest frog around played the banjo – I wanted to as well.  I’m not good enough to play while balancing on a log though.

Banjo Player at POTC Ride

3.  The Old Man from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland – I bet you didn’t see this one coming.  Indoctrinated to Disneyland at a young age, this was (& is) one of my favorite rides.  After you get into your boat & float slowly through the Blue Bayou, you can hear slow banjo playing from the porch.

Its strange what sort of things end up influencing you so much.

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