No, I mean pickin' something else. I mean pickin' a banjo.
There is a phrase among banjo players that when you are in the act of playing the banjo you are pickin' and grinnin' -- because playing the banjo is so joyfully stimulating.
Well, some guy from Knoxville decided that he'd go ahead pick his banjo on the run. And not just any run, but John Longmire, 46, will pick his banjo during the 2009 Country Music Marathon in Nashville this Saturday.
"Though he has played banjo for 33 years, Longmire has only been running for five. He estimates the instrument will add an hour to his time of 4:20:39 last year."Just to give you an idea of what this means, a performance quality banjo of the type used for bluegrass style music can weigh up to 20 pounds. My banjo weighs about 10 pounds. A banjo similar the one Gibson supplied Longmire probably weighs about five pounds.
Playing the banjo alone for five hours would be tiresome--and I don't just mean for your ears. I don't even want to know about the chaffing situation with a shoulder strap and the back of the banjo rubbing against his body. Not to mention the damage to his poor fingers.
Then there is the little matter of adding an hour to your best marathon time.
In short, this man is an idiot, but for a good cause.