I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.
I just borrowed other people’s guitars.” “There are a lot of musician jokes in the music world.
Musician jokes are a kind of joke that usually have to do with how much money someone makes.
Justly famous as a songwriter, musician, and human rights activist, the following musings, recollections, and advice from Jackson reveal that he is also gracious, humble, and funny.
This conversation with middle school students (our leadership and oral history groups) took place on a rainy afternoon at the Hollister Ranch, leaning snugly against “the cheek of God.” “I started playing the trumpet when I was about eight.
I took music lessons, learned to read, and my father was into Dixieland jazz, the kind of music that was made by Louis Armstrong, the kind that was popular in the 20’s and 30’s.
So I started playing the trumpet, and I lost interest in that and started playing guitar when I was about 12 or 13.
Like, What is the least often heard sentence in the English language? They’re definitely not working.” “Right when I started playing guitar, there was a thing called a folk revival that happened about the end of the 50’s, beginning of the 60’s, and I got swept up in that.
That would be: Say, isn’t that the banjo player’s Porsche parked outside? People were learning to play traditional music, folk songs, and that’s a big field – that’s everything from blues to Appalachian music.
” “Now, when there’s so much electronic music being made, a lot of people who make great music don’t actually play an instrument; they program the beats on computers and stuff, but there’s a joke that goes: A car full of trombone players are driving along, and they pass a car full of frogs going in the opposite direction. All the people who came to this country brought musical instruments, and a way of playing.
Right around the end of the fifties, college students and young people in general, began to realize that this music was almost like a history of our country – this music contained the real history of the people of this country.
Not so much in terms of where this battle was fought, or when this declaration was signed, but about where these people were from.
These songs that were made up and passed from person to person comprised a valuable history.
It’s an education of sorts.” “And the main thing is that it was acceptable to change these songs, so that people began writing their own versions of these songs. ‘I don’t know.’ He could tell I was just gonna get next to his daughter…” “Anyway, that’s the thing I’m supposed to be good at –writing songs. That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business — writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.