The great Steve Martin is here to remind us that the percussive arts — namely just one man and his banjo in the woods — can have healing properties.
The actor, comedian, and longtime champion of bluegrass has been taking to Twitter with his Deering Clawgrass banjo and clawhammer technique to distract us in the best way, if only for 80 seconds at a time.
Steve originally recorded “The Great Remember for Nancy” with his band, Steep Canyon Rangers, for 2011’s Rare Bird Alert. The song is dedicated to Martin Short’s late wife, Nancy Jane Dolman, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2010. He plays the finale of the instrumental track below in the last video.
Banjo balm. pic.twitter.com/eQ6jUkHSHm
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 21, 2020
Banjo calm. pic.twitter.com/kAhRbMyfUp
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 27, 2020
Banjo sky pic.twitter.com/Na52pFi8Jk
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 16, 2020
Banjo finale/The Great Remember pic.twitter.com/am424ScrPa
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) April 28, 2020