Life is good.
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.
Dear Old Dad tried to edit the latest chapter of the new book, but some . . . a lot . . most . . . of my handwriting is hard to decipher.
I’ll rewrite the chapter with more effort into legibility tomorrow. We should have it up on Patreon in a few days.
When I was a kid my father and I used to watch monster movies. As I grew older I loved the genre for nostalgia, but then discovered that B movies are the perfect breeding ground for the Taoist happy accident.
For example, no amount of trying could create a movie as weird as Plan 9 From Outer Space intentionally. The cast and crew were trying as hard as they could to make a great scary movie – and in doing so accidentally made one of the funniest bad movies ever made.
Bad movies and folk music don’t often mix, but tonight I was watching Godmonster of Indian Flats (1972) for the first time and, captain! There be banjos!
Godmonster of Indian Flats is not for everybody, but it is a surprisingly well made satire on the evils of modern society or some such blather. I am still a little too freaked out from this movie to have an opinion – but it has banjos and mutant upright monster sheep! How bad-good pr good-bad can it be?
Banjo and guitar workshop playlists for binge-watching.
Old Time Banjo with Patrick and Dear Old Dad
I love the way my dad teaches. The original tab folder for this CD ROM video workshop (we did this just before DVD burners hit the market), but you can find tab for the songs in these workshops in The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and/or Crisfield Banjo Retreat Songbook
Patrick;s Guitar Stuff
A collection of folk and country blues guitar workshops.
Break out the slide and get funky with the banjo!
Even with all of the destroying my notes.
I should be able to finish in the next day or so, and then Dear Old Dad has to start editing while I go to work on the next chapter. Once he gives me the all clear I will post the handwritten pages for all of my Patreon sponsors.
I meet with my neurologist soon to go over my test results and maybe get closer to an answer to my typing difficulties.
Thank you for being part of this adventure!
When we posted our first banjo workshops back in 1997 people were dumbfounded. Teaching for free?
We quickly began helping people drag banjos and guitars out of closets. Our large following led to new opportunities.
In 2003 I accidentally wrote The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. That was wild. I was a writer. Dear Old Dad was a pretty good editor. We opened our own publishing company: Pik-Ware Publishing.
We still sell our books here at frailingbanjo.com/books but we also continue to make our work freely available so that the joy of homemade music remains accessible to everyone.
- The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo
- A Book of Five Strings
- The Outlaws and Scalawags Songbook
- Mechanics of Frailing Banjo
- Songs For Sunday
- This is Not a Banjo
- Crisfield Banjo Retreat Songbook
- Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road
I am going through a 24 hour EEG, but I did a workshop anyway. Tune in and frail along!