Yes, You Can Use a Banjo to Give Glory to God

Call it a sheltered Yankee upbringing, but I never heard hymns played on a banjo until just now. I like it!

This young woman plays He Leadeth Me (one of my favorites) and I’ll Fly Away. She slips a little, here and there, but I don’t think we ought to mind. I’m sure God doesn’t.

Something about this goes to my heart–for which I give thanks.

6 comments on “Yes, You Can Use a Banjo to Give Glory to God

  1. Thank you, Lee. This is uplifting to the spirit, just like Nathan and Lyle 🙂

    Having lived in rural North Florida outside of Tallahassee, near the Georgia border, I’ve heard ‘praise-by-banjo’,

  2. Around here, they call it Blue Grass Gospel. I like it, too, for a change of pace. He made the banjo, so He must enjoy it, too.

  3. Wow I love it…while I’m not a Yankee but a West Coast guy, I’m fascinated with Banjos….from all those Southern guys I’ve served with in the marines and their music of choice.

  4. Lovely and uplifting. There were a couple of hitches here and there, but overall a competent offering.

    Other than the occasional few minutes tinkering with one at a music store, I know little about banjo playing. If you can play guitar you can make musical sounds on a banjo, but there are specific techniques (banjo rolls, etc) which are on,y tangential to guitarists. So I have great respect for anyone that can pull these off adroitly.

    There are two camps, so to speak, in 5 string banjo; the classic Bluegrass technique and Clawhammer. Clawhammer, skillfully dome, is amazing to hear. Actor Steve Martin is a very gifted banjoist and is skilled in both schools. He did an album with Edie Brickell, some years back, which was amazing. His playing was restrained and incredibly effective. There is a song called Love Has Come For You which features indescribably good banjo playing. The lyrics are about a sordid affair but the music is simply indescribable.

    Steve Martin is an amazingly gifted musician, and smart enough to have made his fortune elsewhere.

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