The Clueless Fool on the Road
by Bill Boyer
The trip to India and Nepal was not planned but came about when I was in Greece, I kept meeting people traveling back from there,saying that one could make the trip for around $30.00. So with a backpack and my banjo in a canvas bag we started hitchhiking, then taking trains and buses for what turned out to be about a year long trip dragging an instrument I not only couldn’t play, but I couldn’t even tune it.
Somewhere in Afghanistan, someone heard my feeble attempts and thought I was doing some jazz improvisation, and started telling other musicians that there was this banjo player travelling on the same route, and when other musicians would invite me to jam with them, I tried to explain I knew nothing about music, and they would tell me not to be so humble, until I played about three or four notes, then they would usually say something like, “Oh yeah, you don’t know anything do you”