Stumbled across your blog today via a tweet. I read your manual about surviving as a musician and understanding whether being a musician was your calling. It was really inspiring so thank you! But I wanted to ask, how did you know that you wanted to be a musician and how do you manage what you want to do against what you are expected to do aka societal expectations? Again, thank you!
thank you for reading that. i think i was borned into it. in single digit age, i was already thinking about it. i think you just have to commit. those are pretty tough questions you ask there. musician life isn't for everyone. i think the folks that are somewhat self-directed do better. if you have a big pressure from your family or something to not do art, that's gonna be tough to overcome. but...commit. if you really want to do it, commit. folks don't like to do that. but if you commit, you solve a big dilemma. commit and forget it. if that's what you want to do. in my own case i was comfortable with those pressures because i didn't think folks seemed that happy anyway. if you commit, in 30 or 40 years, you may really have something great. a body of work.
I a in my 70's and my Grandfather left me his banjo when he passed. He knew I loved his music.I have fond memories of him playing for my sister and me. The skin needs replaced and I want it done correctly.Do you know where or who I could take it to in the Portland, Oregon area. By the way, Congrats on your Steve Martin award!Danny Barnes responded on 07/23/2016 Next question
Hi Danny, I am a pretty dedicated banjo player. I began to learn from your videos and could not be more thankful for your lessons. It was such a blessing to see you for the first time at the NWSS. Hearing you reiterate Bill's most important lesson of innovation with respect to the bluegrass genre was very special to me and is something that I strive for daily. Thank you. When one feels that they are ready to play publicly, and bring their version to the people what is a good first step? What are the signs of over confidence? How should one rationalize their dreams of carrying on the bluegrass tradition at a professional level in a way that is healthy and does not diminish the odds of success? When one feels responsible to carry on the healing tradition of bluegrass, how do they know when to give up the dream and simply rely on the banjo for self meditation? Thanks again, Sincerely, Logan BurleyDanny Barnes responded on 07/23/2016