22 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 6-11-2016

  1. One of my friends plays the accordion – sometimes even at church when the piano players don’t have time to attend the service. It’s very special, I can tell you.

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  2. The stomach Steinway, it’s been quite a while since I was aware or even thought about one.

    Merry Saturday all! Warm & sunny here in MI.

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  3. There used to be in the 50’s all these little kids who played accordion and there were accordion bands. My husband was in one of them (Deep, dark secret. He never mentions it to his friends and he never told me until we were engaged).

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    1. Laurence Welk had a lot of influence on parents. His gave up their dream of seeing him as a national TV show host with accordion when it turned out he couldn’t learn to polka.

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  4. At a Friday night fish fry featuring the accordion guy and his bubble machine. Why, yes, I live in Wisconsin.

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  5. I’ve heard accordions are trendy now! The way ukeleles were a few years ago. My Irish grandfather had a collection of them.

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    1. Did he have accordians or concertinas? Because a lot of the Irish guys I grew up with played the concertina.

      And yes, Jenny, I too was listening to polka music a few days ago so I was singing along with accordians fairly recently. (there’s a weekly polka show on a radio station I catch)

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  6. I have one in my garage right now. It was my mom’s. She played, as did a number of her relatives. When she was in the end-stages of Alzheimer’s, accordion music was one of the very few things she would still react to and one of my last memories of her is her tapping along to “Roll Out the Barrel.”

    Here in California there is an accordion festival every year. It is amazingly popular and features a wide variety of music I never would have considered being played by an accordion.

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  7. I went to an event month featuring a great swing/jazz band that had an accordion. We had fun dancing.

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  8. Does no one here listen to Mariachi music? In most Mexican restaurants I go to with visiting friends and every church fest. Other instruments may be foregone, but the accordian is indispensable. *Ay caramba*!

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  9. Kelly S.: Stomach Steinway. (-: Love that.

    Kieran: Ukuleles are out? I’m a little disappointed, seeing as I just started ukulele in December. But then again, anyone who takes up the ukulele to be trendy gets exactly what she deserves (-:. I will continue to rock on. They’ll be back!

    Jenny: I had a mini-obsession with Weird Al Yankovic last month, so of course I thought long and hard and deep about the accordion, for a few days.

    I think my favorite polka music is Brave Combo. Polkatharsis. Ye gods, 1987. It turned up in my car last month, about the same time I was thinking about Weird Al. Perhaps I’m 24 days ahead of my time . . . .

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  10. 8 years ago, I took my parents to Ireland. My mom took to traditional pub music like a duck to water, so we heard lots of accordions and concertinas that week. And I got my dad trashed on Guinness. He giggled like a teenaged girl. My life was complete. 🙂

    Props for the stomach Steinway!

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    1. Slainte, Joni! My Irish cousin’s wedding reception last weekend had music provided by we kin – an accordion, guitars, and my Uncle Sean with a set of spoons. Played cheerfully under the influence of Guinness. Good times.

      My ballroom dancing class this morning had a waltz to “Under the Bridges of Paris”. Lovely accordion play with strings. Also good times.

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  11. Do concertinas count? because they are a staple of the sea chantys and Morris dancing tunes that circle my head on windy days.

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  12. Random topic out of nowhere: my mom is housesitting/dogsitting right now and lost her van keys somewhere in the house upon entering. I tried the St. Anthony prayer a few times and other magical shenanigans and still no keys. I am disappointed. And my mom has been super fun to deal with today–though she did have spare keys and a friend to give her a ride to pick up said spare keys, so there’s that.

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  13. One of my favorite memories of Paris involves an accordion. I was going somewhere on the Metro, transferring from one platform to another, and some guy in the tunnel between platforms was playing “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” on an accordion. I tell this story and most people think that sounds like a terrible idea, but this guy had one of the big accordions with ALL the buttons, and those tunnels are tiled, so it sounded like he had a whole church organ with him, and he knew how to play it. I stopped, I listened to the end, I threw 10 francs in his accordion case.

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