I made a crack over on another LJ about my desire to learn to play what I called "liturgical banjo." Raised an eyebrow or two. Seriously, though, I love the banjo. I've never tried to play one, by it intrigues me.
I used to dismiss the banjo as an annoyance. One generally hears it played fast and furious, as in modern country, or as a rhythm instrument for inkle-plinkle-ookle-puke children's tunes.
But the first time I heard the banjo played slow
-- the old mountain way -- I fell in love with its mournful music. I'd like to be able to play things like "Whispering Hope" on a banjo.