My reasons for the banjo

I’ve been missing my dear ol’ Django Kazooie. It’s been almost half a year since I played the banjo for the last time, and I’m beginning to really miss his sound. It might not be the best (it definitely isn’t, that I assure you), but I got fond of it. It has his history, you know?

So I decided to make a post with some of the songs that include a banjo that I really love.

Eagles – Journey of the sorcerer

I know, I know, this is not the Eagles version, but it’s the one I knew first. And it’s very good; as good as the books; and better than the movie (which stays a bit behind because the books are way too cool). The original, though, also deserves a huge listen.

The Paper Kites – St. Clarity

One very interesting thing about this song is not only that the poor banjo player could almost die of boredom playing all the time the same, but the tuning. You see, banjos have a tuning of GDGBD, but in this particular song, it doesn’t. The lower D has been retuned to be a C, so that it can play the low note.

Bela Fleck – Big Country

This song was originally not played with so many celtic instruments, but it did have the dobro and the banjo, but it also had an electric bass and… A clarinet? I’m not really sure about that, but I think that’s it. Anyways, celtic folk meets american folk? Yes, please!

Sufjan Stevens – The Transfiguration

Sorry, did I say someone was going to die of boredom? That’s because I hadn’t said anything about this one yet… It doesn’t get to Aunt Martha’s Neighbor song level, but… Almost there. Still, a good song with a huge use of the few instruments that appear on the song.

Bear’s Den – Agape

Back when they were unknown to most part of the world, these three guys used to fill my evenings with this sound. A CD later, Kev left the group and they became… Something relevant, something modern.. THE INTERNET (for Porn)

Nah, now for realz, the sound of that banjo got me so crazy for a long time that my sister almost wanted to kill be. I even got to see them live in Munich and got the CD signed… Those were good days back then…

There are plenty of other songs including banjos, of course, but those would be a few that I can always put on when I miss my dear old friend… But don’t you worry, I’ll be home very soon.

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