Monday, August 17, 2009

Four Hands Guitar: "Breakdown," by Jerry Reed

In keeping with our tradition of starting the week with, if I can find it, a bit of pleasant, creative musical video:



Thanks to JTW for the tip!

31 comments:

Jay said...

Cool.

Daryl said...

Love that!

DJP said...

It's neat that other guy just happened by, and happened to have mad skilz, ain't it?

Mesa Mike said...

Would sound better on a banjo.

Associate-to-the-Pastor said...

Nice. You should check out Zack Kim. One guy playing two guitars at once- he's amazing. There's multiple YouTube videos of him. Here's Fur Elise.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-B4sjUve3E&feature=related

JackW said...

The whole purpose of a banjo is to make other instruments sound better.

Becky, slave of Christ said...

Very sweet, Dan! Coincidence? I don't think so. ;)

David said...

Mesa Mike:

The difference between a banjo and a trampoline?

You take off your shoes to jump on a trampoline.

Thanks for the vid, Dan!

JackW said...

“Perfect pitch” is when you throw a banjo into a dumpster and hit the accordion.

David said...

How can you tell if your stage is level?

The banjo player is drooling out of both sides of his mouth.

Mesa Mike said...

All you banjo haters: I'm feeling insulted. Shame on you!

I demand you feel my pain while I process the hurt...

mike said...

Mesa Mike, I think that if these brothers had spent the effort to understand the culture and environment that was embodied in the history of the early banjo fathers, there would be more tolerance and acceptance of your banjo pain. This is clearly another example of judgmental music Pharisees who love their knowledge more than… wait… the early banjo fathers were white trash hillbillies… from the trailer parks of yesteryear… my peeps, and my mom played the accordion in church when I was a boy… dude… I hate all these guys now
How do I get Imonk over here?

DJP said...

I don't think it can be done.

mike said...

even if i cry real tears?

JTW said...

Mesa Mike, maybe this video will ease your pain...

Or maybe not.

Mesa Mike said...

Ah, thanks. Feeling better now.

But one of the best performances of Foggy Mountain Breakdown (that involves Steve Martin) is here.

JTW said...

That was impressive; the Muppets in your video were really life like.

Stefan said...
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Stefan said...

Brothers:

How can you not appreciate the banjo? It is THE quintessential American folk instrument. You wouldn't HAVE Applachian music without the banjo, and you wouldn't have American music without its Appalachian roots—no more so than if you wrote off the blues of the Mississippi delta or the jazz of New Orleans.

(And oddly enough, according to Wikipedia, the banjo was adapted by African slaves from several older African instruments—which makes banjo music one of the earlier examples of cross-cultural musical fusion, methinks—and a precursor, in that sense, of jazz, blues, and rock and roll.)

Anyhow, I write this as an urban Canadian, one-time culture snob, born into a family of artistes, raised on classical music, and living in a culture that's bluer than the bluest state—and let me tell you, the banjo is not to be sneered at!

Susan said...

Stefan says: Anyhow, I write this as an urban Canadian, one-time culture snob, born into a family of artistes, raised on classical music, and living in a culture that's bluer than the bluest state—and let me tell you, the banjo is not to be sneered at!

Certainly not, Stefan. And just to show how far of an influence a banjo has, my mom learned to play the banjo when she was young. Yes, my mom. (Considering that she wasn't living in the States at the time and that she's about as Appalachian as I [go ahead and laugh, Dan], I'd say that's quite interesting. It'd be even more interesting to see how much she remembers if ever someone should hand her a banjo!)

Mesa Mike said...

> How can you not appreciate the
> banjo? It is THE quintessential
> American folk instrument. You
> wouldn't HAVE Applachian music
> without the banjo,

Oh. So the banjo is the product of white trash hillbillies, then. I see.

Stefan said...
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Stefan said...

Well, there's nothing wrong with Appalachian folk music either—it has its roots in the British Isles, and gave rise to country and bluegrass. It's more genuinely "folk" than the ersatz stuff of Bob Dylan et al.

You put the music of Appalachia and the Mississippi delta together (which itself was a fusion of African and European influences) and you have the totality of the American sound—everything from Gershwin and Copland to country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock, and hip hop.

Stefan said...

...And church hymnody is part of that mix too, of course....

Rachael Starke said...

I so needed a laugh tonight.

As usual, Dan's eclectic readers deliver. Can't. Stop. Snickering.

Andrew said...

You have really nice creativity...keep going..take care..

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Jay said...

If you take the strings and top off a banjo it makes for a good offering plate with a long handle!

Jay said...

Andrew said...
You have really nice creativity...keep going..take care..

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Wow, blog spamming- just what we need.

DJP said...

It is unique, though. He left that on a half-dozen or so threads - but each one actually does include a specific interaction with content. Usually spammers say "Nice blog. Get your Viagra here," or something to that effect. Or "Just found your blog, don't really know what to say," and their screen-name is MeetHotWimmen, or something like that.

JackW said...

Ok, I'm going to repent and say something nice about the banjo.

It's a good instrument for people to take up who don't want to worry about being in tune.

Stefan said...

Man. You guys. Is this a blog for conservative Baptistics, or an Upper West Side cocktail party?