Sunday, August 05, 2007

Kicking Off My Cruel Shoes

I really have found myself missing my mother lately. Partly because a mother's wisdom is always reassuring. And, partly because she was a good shot.

She also happened to be one of the few people who early on loved Steve Martin not just because he was funny, but because he's a helluva banjo player.

In this vid, he's up here with some totally serious banjo badasses, Tony Trishka and Bela Fleck -- well, excuuuuuuse me.

Just listen to that picking. It's full of good old fashioned honest joy.

That's what I wish for myself, for my family, and for you.


At August 05, 2007 10:35 PM, Blogger Blueberry said...

That tune was a joy! Thank you, and Steve Martin is someone we love from from way back to the SNL and vinyl record days. If memory serves, didn't he have a credit on that Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken album? Maybe it's uncredited, but I think I remember reading that, on the liner notes or in a magazine or something.

Do you ever read J-walk blog? I love reading that, it's very entertaining, and he's a banjo enthusiast so there's a banjo posting every few days.

At August 06, 2007 5:51 AM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

HI Blue,
Oh we are just two wild and crazy girls who love the banjo. I didn't know about the Circle cameo but it wouldn't surprise me! I only have liner notes for the third volume, I think. But I can see him jamming with John McCutcheon all right.

I will check out J-Walk, which I have only read on occasion and not on banjo days. Hey, shouldn't every day have a little banjo in it? ;-)


At August 06, 2007 7:46 PM, Blogger DrDon said...

"Needs more banjo" is becoming the new "Needs more cowbell!" That's a great clip. Geez, I often wonder what it would be like to be good at just one thing, let alone several.

At August 06, 2007 10:36 PM, Blogger Blueberry said...

Wanted to let you know:

David Letterman
Wednesday, August 8
Original Airdate: 4/26/07
Steve Martin
David Cota & AJ the Parakeet Tony Trischka with Steve Martin & Bela Fleck (CD, "Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular")

Now, it I can remember to set that tape machine.

At August 07, 2007 7:07 AM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

OMG! Blueberry, thank you! I'll have to hit everyone with that data.

Don, you do lots of things well, writing for one. It's just hard to specialize, that's all. The thing I love about this little clip is that Steve Martin is totally into his tune. It's like, he's not performing, he's just there in the tune, being a banjo player. So you just gotta find your "tune", we all do.


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