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Current mood: distractable
banjo player walked into a bar…another banjo player walked into the
bar…you'd think the second banjo player would have seen what happened
to the first banjo player and ducked!" - The Canonical List of Banjo Jokes
All kidding aside, the following is really a heartwarming story of courage
With that bit of civility out of the way, let's get back to the
wisecracks. Apparently banjo playing involves even less brain
power than previously suspected!
"Banjo master plays during brain surgery"
has been playing the banjo since he was a child and is renowned as an
exponent of bluegrass. He formed a "dynamic duo" with his wife, Martha
Adcock, the pair becoming known as the "biggest little band in
Bluegrass", according Wikipedia.
Martha recently noticed a deterioration in her husband's fast-picking
style because of "mysterious shakes in his right hand", the Daily Mail
Adcock was diagnosed with "essential tremor", an involuntary trembling that affects millions of people, the paper said,.
at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville in the US,
proposed a "deep brain stimulation" operation, in which electrodes
placed in Adcock's brain would send electric impulses to suppress the
nerve cells causing his tremors.
to ensure they were placing the electrodes in the right spot, the
surgeons kept Adcock awake with a local anaesthetic and asked him to
keep plucking at his Deering GoodTime banjo, while prodding his brain
through a hole in his skull, the Daily Mail said."
I can hear the surgeons now, "We're jus gonna root around in there with a stick an see whut happins!"
the surgeons found the right part of the brain, Adcock instantly
regained his ability and was able to play at full speed once again,"
the paper said."
Yeah, so, turning *off* part of the brain re-opened the banjo centers of the brain.
"Adcock told the paper: "I came up in music the hard way and learned to be a trouper fast.
of those early days were pretty rough, and I've been stomped, cut and
kicked; but I never went through hell like this - it was the most
painful thing I've ever endured."
Even if things hadn't gone well, there's still hope for a banjo player who passes on.
Peter, wanting the new arrivals to feel at home, promised to spend some
quality time with each one. He asked his first arrival of the day, "Hi!
What's your IQ?"
"150," he said.
"Great," said Peter, as he
showed the man in, "we should get together tomorrow and discuss the
Theory of Relativity for a while." He asked the next person, "What's
"120," she said.
"Fine, fine," said Peter, "I'd love to
take some time with you Wednesday to discuss current world politics."
To the third person, he asked, "What's your IQ?"
"42," drawled the fellow.
"Fantastic!" cried Peter, "I've been looking for years for somebody who could help me perform a banjo duet!" "
Always Take Me Back
By John Cowan
Release date: By 2002-04-02
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