A couple weeks ago, I wrote that I might just buy a banjo after a Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn concert in Grand Junction inspired me.
Well, I bought a five-string banjo.
It is weird.
I’ve been a guitar player for 13 years, so my brain can’t yet handle the idea that the highest string is played by my thumb, where the lowest string is “supposed” to be.
But I have high hopes that I’ll get better and become a real banjo player, not just a guitar player with a banjo in her hands.
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Incidentally, this week I interviewed John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame. We talked about how he started out in music, and he told me he decided to become a banjo player after seeing a band called the Dillards perform.
I thought, how funny and fateful. I don’t necessarily believe everything happens for a reason, but it’s so fascinating to me to think about how different a person’s life could be if he never experienced one little event.
I don’t think picking up the banjo will be quite as significant for me as it was for McEuen, but there have been plenty of moments in my life that instantly changed my path.
Actually, I take that back. I’m going to be a banjo star. I can already play “She’ll be Coming ’Round the Mountain” very, very slowly.
The Vaudeville Revue’s spring show opens today, and it’s sure to be a hoot. The cast just wrapped up its holiday show, complete with a guitar-playing cowboy wrapped in Christmas lights, singing and dancing babies and hilarious audience participation. The spring show will feature variations on old favorite characters and brand new material. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through May 23. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and $16 for kids 12 and younger. Food and drinks are sold separately.
In conjunction with the Sunlight Mountain 2015 Ski Spree, the City of Glenwood Springs Fire Department will be displaying a fireworks show at about 8 p.m. The display can be seen from anywhere in town with a view of the sky 300 feet above Two Rivers Park, but the park itself will be closed.
Coming to Glenwood Springs from the Slovak city of Zilina, the Suchon Wind Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. at Mountain View Church. Admission is by membership ticket in Glenwood’s Community Concert Association, a nonprofit organization which puts on multiple popular and classical concerts every year. Annual membership costs $40 for adults, $15 for students and $90 for a family. To sign up for a membership, visit http://www.gsconcertassn.org.
Jessica Cabe’s neighbors probably love having a front-row seat to her banjo learning process. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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