Bela Bela Anton, Bartok Janacek, Janacek discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett

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I can stop buying a hereafter of your banjo with you. I i sense that. Your mother must've Musically if not spiritually with music also is so fascinating. She named after not one but three central european complete. Actually that was my father. Who i didn't know and he named leave me. I got the better names than my older brother. I won't go. What are your three. Name's bela bela anton. Leo's flick. i mean if it was a boy he would name them. If it was a girl she would name. The girl i ended up being two boys bartlett after bartok janacek list janacek and anton burn so some some pretty out there stuff. Yeah but not banjo. Music differ out there in different. What could be could be what you've done. Yeah you've done that. And but i mean the banjo also wasn't your first instrument. You played french horn man. Not yeah what happened. Was everything read on the internet. I i was I took a test for this. The school uptown called. I guess it's the fame school this is in new york city called music and art. There's actually several schools that fame the fame television show and movie based on a music and art art and design and i think there was a third one but anyway i tried out for it and which i took a musical aptitude test and i played guitar at that. Time played some folk songs. I had a killing version of. Here comes the sun which place on occasion on guitar and i got into the school playing that and and i think i was rated number. I guess number two number three possible to with four being the most talented because we found all this stuff out you know we found out what your rating and that is pretty weird. I think they should've told anybody that. But anyway. When i got in the school there was no guitar teaching anything like that. And so they said we'll put you on a real instrument and we need a french horn really badly so they put me in a room and i tried to play french horn for a season and never got the i. I could never even get the f. Which is the. I know you play on a on a french word. I can never even make the first node until finally they said you know. We don't have very many boys in the chorus. And i was moved into the chorus where i just screamed all the way through high school. Meanwhile i was learning to play the banjo. The and you discovered evancho your captivated by early. Yeah earl scruggs the beverly hillbillies theme which actually people talk about. Come to god moment and for most banjo players of note in the bluegrass world. Hero scruggs is that moment and it. There's before and after so talk. Tell us about that. What is that. What is it that happens in that moment though awesome it was i remember. It was like lightbulb lights. Going off in my every note was like a light going off in my brain and was this was way before i got my span. This is before. I played guitar. I never had the ego. At that time to believe that that i could actually play the banjo when i finally found out what it was but it was just an amazing sound and i now i try to explain it as being a high tech yet primitive sound because it's not just like a computer can play fast but you don't get excited but there's something so earthy deep especially the about the way. Earl scruggs played Which which turned people into believers. What did you say a minute ago. He said something about real said this before that people talk about the banjo is though it's not a real instrument which then i guess gets at the question of how we define real right and i think both i think you're both really eloquent or i think it's fascinating that Neither one of your both actually came from the north. Neither one of you grew up surrounded by banjo. Bluegrass yeah you became believers as you said so. Talk about talk about that a bit. The reality like what what is real. What is bad music captured. You that just takes you away. Well my come to god. Moment in the folk music world was hearing an lp of doc watson singing and playing shady grove. Yeah this is where you want me to bust into the i do. I was hoping you shady grow ma shady grow. I don't love. I'm going back to when i heard that sound.

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