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