Joel’s Homework

Joel writes:

Here’s my homework from you post of Feb 11.

I began playing by using your book The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and still use it to this day. It is full of such wonderful music and instructional information I might never be finished learning from it! I remember when I first began, sitting on my porch trying to learn the basic frailing strum for hours and days on end. Eventually I got the hang of Boil them Cabbage Down and the rest was history. But to this day there is one song that reminds me of my journey so far and that’s Cripple Creek. Every time I play it all I see is that yellow cover of your book in my head! It reminds me of those very first steps I took with frailing banjo and how much I loved learning and still love to learn. So, here is Cripple Creek – my version of “About a Song”.

Our policy is to blame the hedgehog

Patrick & Quinoa the hedgehog

On Sunday morning my back gave out, and by that afternoon every joint in my body decided to start raising a ruckus. It may have been a reaction to the new migraine meds or something to do with my chronic ear infections, but whatever it was it sure hurt like hell.

Things seem to be getting better, and I am hoping I can get back to work soon.

Right now Quinoa the hedgehog and I are curled up with a pot of good tea getting ready to watch a bad movie. Even when things hurt life is still pretty sweet.