Sing the Banjo! Episode Three: A Fool Such As I

Today we play and sing a song made famous by Hank Snow, Now And Then There’s A Fool Such As I. It’s a song with a long name, barre chords and a pretty melody that is easy to sing.

Since we are straying into unusual territory for frailing banjo today, I also tossed in a song sung by the Andrews Sisters way back when called Apple Blossom Time.

The audio file and lyric sheets are available for our Patreon sponsors:
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Sing the Banjo! Episode Two: Secret Agent Man

Sing the Banjo! Episode Two: Secret Agent Man

Today we play the 60’s spy-rocker television theme that Johnny Rivers sang oh so well. It’s Secret Agent Man!

This song was written by Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan for the television show Secret Agent (also known as Danger Man).

The song uses simple chords in interesting combinations. It’s a lot of fun to play and sing solo, and a blast in jam sessions.

As much as I love this song, I have never seen the television show!

I sing the song, walk you through the riff and run you through the chord progression in the audio file. The .pdf had the lyrics and chords.

The audio file and lyric sheet are available for our Patreon sponsors:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/19493685

Yet Another Milestone

We passed fourteen thousand subscribers on YouTube.

Right now the official numbers at this moment for the channel are 4,801,058
views and 14,002 subscribers.

We are still growing, learning and sharing the joy of folk music together. With each new video and each new subscriber we take another step closer to my goal of making the art of frailing banjo universal and accessible to all!

Sing the Banjo! Episode One

Sing the Banjo! is back with a great song that is appropriate given President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-Un of North Korea: Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream.

The song was written by Ed McCurdy and has been covered countless times. My favorite cover was done by John Denver.

The audio file and lyric sheet are available for our Patreon sponsors: https://www.patreon.com/posts/19407963

Reboot

My little laptop is an inexpensive refurbished unit. The screen is entirely too small and the keyboard is cramped, but the damned thing works better than any computer I have had before it.

I don’t like Windows or Apple. I would rather use Linux on our office computers, but as much as I love open-source computing, I still need to use Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Dear Old Dad flat-out refuses to go near a Linux computer the same way I won’t go near a wasp’s nest.

So I’m stuck with my little Windows laptop. It’s underpowered – but it’s what I have to work with. It has been running great, but I think it got turned off in the middle of an update because it started giving me trouble over a week ago. After trying everything reasonable to fix it I decided to just bomb the hard drive and reinstall everything fresh.

This must happen a lot because there is an option in the Windows 10 settings called, “A Fresh Start”.

I started getting Office downloaded and installed yesterday, and I just finished downloading the last bits of Adobe Creative Cloud and my other essential everyday programs.

My favorite program that I use every day?

Cold Turkey Writer Pro. It is worth every penny. A Godsend.

Hopefully I will be able to film, edit and upload a new episode of The Daily Frail tomorrow. I am still talking things kind of slow so that I am strong for the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat, and I still have some medical tests coming up.

After the Retreat I am hoping to bring back Sing the Banjo and revive a couple more of our old projects.

Right now I am going to turn off my computer, go outside and check my garden. For the first time in ages I have planted vegetables and flowers in three garden spots around our yard. My pumpkin vines already have big leaves, and I have several Moon and Stars watermelon vines. Black Krim heirloom tomatoes are growing happily among herbs and flowers. catbird and toads are doing a bang-up job patrolling the rows for pests. The moss rose is covered with buds and new growth – which is amazing if you know the story behind this Victorian rose.

I’m going to go check on my watermelon and pumpkin vines. Maybe I’ll take my fiddle and play a song with the crickets.

Goodnight and God bless,
-Patrick

YouTube

The Dobro33H YouTube channel is 100% free again.

YouTube ending paid subscriptions so quickly was not cool, but for the time being this is the only viable video platform for a channel as large as ours.

YouTube only pays attention to the number of subscribers a channel has. You can help us grow by clicking on the free subscribe button on our channel. It’s free and it will help us grow. After you click on the subscribe button encourage other people to do so. It’s the only tool we have to show YouTube that you care about the kind of content we provide.

In related news, I will be interviewed on Jack Scrimshaw’s Route 66 show on http://ultimateradioexperience.com The show airs every Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern time. Jack plays a great mix of mix of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass and old time music.

Sing the banjo! will return after the holidays.

God bless,
-Patrick