I love your point that writers have a lot to learn from musicians — the way they collaborate, e.g. (I always think there ought to be more creative collaboration.) I’m listening to the podcast now, with Drew, who’s just finished a midafternoon snack, and we’re both digging it a lot.
Listening to this now, I’m struck by how much a group of banjos played in concert sounds like hammered dulcimer to me.
By the way, if you haven’t heard Throw Down Your Heart, Bela Fleck’s banjo album recorded with some of West Africa’s finest musicians, you really should.