Wednesday, February 9, 2011

gifted a banjo

I got an email from a reader who saw my post about missing my banjo, and how it meant spring to me. In an act of pure kindness, she made it possible for me to order one, on the condition I will never sell it. I must treat it like another dog, a thing of companionship and import. I found a Morgan Monroe model, a fine open back design for clawhammer and it will be delivered on Friday. I am so excited about this banjo, you just can't know.

I decided if a gift like that could be given from a stranger, than I must honor that with a dedicated practice of the beast. I will be studying the banjo, in the Old-Time style this spring with a fresh heartbeat, a renewed intent. I want to approach it as a beginner all over again. And if anyone out there wants to join me, we'll do an online webinar course.

As soon as I am able. I will be gifting a banjo here on the blog to one of you readers. We'll keep that sweet music grazing.


Blogger Artful Gathering said...

Awesome. What a kind gesture.

February 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

What a wonderful gift!

February 9, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Those are the people that remind us that there really is good left in this world. A couple summers ago I found a banjo at a garage sale and purchased it for a measly $15! When I showed it the owner of our local music shop, he said I had gotten quite a deal. I've tinkered with it. I'm a fiddler and guitar player but the another animal altogether. I'd love to commit to the learning process with some others. So count me in!

February 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger windhaven farm said...

That is so cool! And weird at the same time.... I just won a Deering Crow model banjo from a radio show!!! It's coming in a few days... it's an open back, it's the Steve Martin edition. Now, I AM a banjo player and have a nice Stelling Bellflower, but now I have another banjo coming and then I stop in and YOU'RE getting a banjer tooo!! Yah! For Banjer women!!! :-) How cool is that?


February 9, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on your forthcoming gift. You will enjoy each minute of it.

February 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's all very cool I add my thanks to the kind person who gifted you. Have fun larnin'!

I am still working on my fiddle, thanks to you. I have a wonderful teacher, who is helping me to improve my meager skills and pull me up to another level. I am forever grateful to you for the encouragement to get started.

She just gave me the music for Akoshan Farewell....the wonderful theme from the classic public television documentary series about the Civil War. I am beyond the moon hoping to play it for my husband soon; he loves it so much.

February 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger e.m.b. said...

How cool! I play Banjo, and serendipitously adopted a dog by the same name. I suppose I am dueling! :)

February 9, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Wow! What a wonderful gift! And in turn you gifted us all with that wonderful vintage picture of the "boys" up on the mules just as they were taken out of the traces, blinkers and all! I just love it! Do you know where it came from?
Janet in Lower Slobovia(make that Nova Scotia, for those who aren't Lil Abner fans)

February 9, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Janet, not sure. It was an good 'ol GIS.

I got your email about the project, I'll be happy to post it soon as you send over a photo.

February 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Jenna! You don't know me but a few months ago, I came across your book in the library after developing an indescribable urge to plant and grow things and sit on my imaginary porch and play my banjo for the chickens I want so much I could cry! Your book got this "never cooked a day in my life" girl baking bread and dreaming about a simpler life. I live in the city but am determined to start living my dream right where I am and your blog is fabulous! I had no idea that there was a name for what I'm afflicted with but Barnheart summed it up perfectly. I guess what I'm doing here is saying THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I went out and bought your book and intend to show you continued support while visiting your blog to get support of my own. Banjo has long been an instrument that I love and hope to learn along with you because I know my soon to be chickens will LOVE IT!

February 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

What a great and generous gift! If you'd like a little inspiration, listen to Abigail Washburn. She plays banjo and writes and sings beautiful songs, even incorporating Chinese folk music.

February 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Congrats, Jenna! Enjoy that gift. It is one of the things on my to do list to learn to play banjo. Look forward to hearing about your pickin'.

February 9, 2011 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Miss Music said...

I'm so glad to hear you will be frailing once more! I have an Ome Juniper model open-back banjo, and I hope to never part with it. I was a woodwind major in college, but now that I have fallen in love with the banjo, my clarinet, flute and sax sit around and collect dust.

February 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I could listen to banjo music all day and was really impressed when I discovered Steve Martin can play so well.

February 9, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Oh what a nice thing to do! Thank you, whoever you are, for making our Jenna so happy and inspired!

Banjo music is so happy sounding, even when the song is about burying somebody in the cold, cold ground. Kind of like how Nate King Cole could be singing about death and destruction, but it would still sound like Christmas music to me!

Enjoy your new companion!

February 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

We listen to The Crow-by Steve Martin at our house all the it the happiest music for a Sat. morning :) banjos rock!!! I love random acts of kindness :)

February 9, 2011 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

What a generous gift!

Jenna, I saw someone mentioned crutching your ewes the other day and I wanted to say that's definitely a good idea! I just crutched my first ewe that's due on the 13th and I put a picture on my blog if you wanted to see! It's very easy to do and would make your life much easier!

February 9, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a special thing. I love the thought of doing something like that. Enjoy and practice hard...

February 9, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm halfway to saving for one, so if I get it together in time, count me in! Have fun with yours :)

February 9, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger jim said...

jenna-what a great gift-you have some great friends out here even though you have not met most of them personnaly. We follow you faithfully and live a little of our life through coldantler farm.
keep doing the things that you're doing and keep taking us along on your journey=====cheers

February 9, 2011 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Kris Mo said...

What a great story! Your kind and open heart attracts others alike. Enjoy the gift!

February 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

congrats on the banjo and love the picture...a kid a banjo and 2 guns.

February 10, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger alewyfe said...

Oh, that's fantastic! Yes to the banjo webinar- a neighbor who was moving to New York gave us a 5-string last spring that I was starting to learn how to slowly pick out a tune on... then I got a job. Poof, banjo-jam time vaporized and I forgot everything I taught myself. Want to pick her up again, but can't even tune the dang thing. Guess I'll try again... hahaha.

February 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

AWESOME! What a kind gift from her with the banjo and from you with the webinar. I'm TOTALLY there! I have to miss out on all the cool making cheese/raising chicks/baking bread farm days being in KC and so far away, but color me THERE for a banjo learn-in.

February 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...


February 10, 2011 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An old time banjo webinar?? Really!? How cool could that be? I have a dusty old banjo that I need to restring and frail. I will certainly stay tuned for more banjo updates!

February 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to thank someone for a gift. I'm inspired.

February 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! That is the one instrument I am looking forward to playing. Just kind of soothing to be playing the same notes over and over. I have the opposite personality, so I think we will fit just fine. Count me in with the gifting, when you are able to.

February 10, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Zev said...

That's a marvelous idea. I love gifts that keep giving.

February 11, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

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