Courtney rightly points out that I called the banjo in “Take It Easy” a mandolin. A mandolin (the Sage-o-lin) my father made me hangs over my desk, so maybe that caused the slip, but since my father’s grandfather name is Banjo, you can tell I should have known better.
Our favorite song of Dad’s is called “Mr. Happy Banjo Man”—hence the nickname Banjo—and it features some great lines, such as
I’m Mister Happy, Happy, Banjo Guy, laughing on the outside while inside I cry
I’m Mister Happy F***ing Banjo Man, if you think I’m happy you’re from La-La Land
Some jokes Dad has told me:
What’s the difference between a banjo and an onion?
No one cries when you cut into a banjo.
What do you call a hundred banjos at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.
Obviously, any lawyer joke can become a banjo joke.