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  • #46
    I just ran across this recently resurrected thread. Heh, I'm sure there are many talented accordion players out there, but I'll admit, I'll never be one. I was more or less forced to learn accordion as a child because my parents liked Lawrence Welk. It was a dreadful time in my life because I wanted to learn guitar. I dimly recall my mother making some sort of weak promise to me that if I took accordion lessons for some unspecified period of time, then I could get a guitar. So I relented and suffered through an accordion purgatory. It eventually ended and I was given my first guitar for Christmas when I was 11 yo. It was a cheap Kay and unplayable. Fortunately -- but then I suppose it depends on how you look at it -- my mom bought me a cheap electric and an amp that following summer -- and it's been downhill ever since. But it's been a helluva ride.

    I haven't seen one in years but I still like the bumper sticker that reads "Use an Accordion, Go to Jail" (a take-off on "Use a Gun, Go to Jail")

    Now, having written all that, I can enjoy watching an accomplished accordionist. But then I can enjoy watching any skilled musician.
    Best,
    Michael

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    • #47
      This classic Far Side cartoon needs to be posted in this thread...


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      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
        This classic Far Side cartoon needs to be posted in this thread...


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        lol...
        try playing the buttons/keys same time as working the bellows, difficult for me

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        • #49
          My parents grew up in a small town in the Pocono Mts.

          heavy concentration of Germans, Poles, and other Slavic denizens.

          what every family wished for was to have a son that would become a Priest, and another that would play the accordion,

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Luke17 View Post
            My parents grew up in a small town in the Pocono Mts.

            heavy concentration of Germans, Poles, and other Slavic denizens.

            what every family wished for was to have a son that would become a Priest, and another that would play the accordion,
            Boy them some high aspirations for the lads eh?

            Accordions look complicated...All them dang buttons, the keyboard and having to pump the dang thing at the same time. No real polka band is complete without one.

            The Hill Country of Texas was settled by a lot of Germans and Czechs. Well, after they ran all the Comanches out...That took a while....And a lot of scalps were taken in the process....But polka bands still abound up there. The Accordion is alive and well up there...Along with great sausages.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by AlamoJoe View Post
              Accordions look complicated...All them dang buttons, the keyboard and having to pump the dang thing at the same time. No real polka band is complete without one.
              You could say the same thing (and these days, many have) about hardware mixing consoles. No real recording studio is complete without one.
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              • #52
                Originally posted by AccordionPlayersKid View Post
                So this is a MASSIVE LONGSHOT, but would you, after all this time, be willing to part with this instrument?

                My father played the same one as a kid and I’ve been hunting one down for a while. I’d love to surprise him with it for Christmas. I found old pictures of him in the 1950s in a church talent show playing his Silvio Marotta Concerto red/white marble. He talks about it a lot and now that he’s retired I’d love to rekindle that passion for it. I’m from Chicago and more than happy to pay a fair price and cover shipping.

                Regardless of your answer, thank you for sharing your passion for music

                - Karen
                I believe we could make it happen, I haven't had, or taken, the time to learn the instrument and it's been in it's case for some time at this point. I'm actually not all that far away in Iowa.

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                • #53
                  Update 11/25: So in what could be one of the best Christmas stories of the season here at SSS I drove to Moline, IL yesterday to meet Karen and sold her the accordion that initially inspired this thread. She was thrilled to get this instrument and it really warmed my heart that we were able to make this happen! I chose what I thought was an appropriate meeting place called Bierstube, a German themed restaurant/bar that I've often visited on trips through the area. It's a shame that Karen and her cousin couldn't stay and have lunch with my wife and I there but they had a previous engagement and needed to return to Chicago. She promised to update us though on how things go at Christmas.

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                  • #54
                    That I s a nice Seasonal story..

                    Ironically, my wife and I are watching the Phila Eagles get humiliated by the ‘G’ints’ and are starting to prep a nice German dinner of Wiener Schnitzel, red cabbage /apples and Spaetzle.

                    tired of eating leftover Turkey...screw that ‘Barnyard Pimp’

                    EDIT: Hahaha..The Eagles won in the last seconds of the fourth quarter...just as the Bacon was crumbled over the homemade Spaetzle...
                    The veal looks divine... the Red Cabbage is always a ‘no fail’

                    Danke, Oma.
                    Last edited by Luke17; 11-25-2018, 04:03 PM.

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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by cooltouch View Post
                        I just ran across this recently resurrected thread. Heh, I'm sure there are many talented accordion players out there, but I'll admit, I'll never be one. I was more or less forced to learn accordion as a child because my parents liked Lawrence Welk.
                        Never was there a bigger Lawrence Welk fan than my mother who watched it religiously right up until her death two months ago today at the age of 82. Her and my father can actually be seen dancing at the end of an October 1965 episode. She scored tickets through connections she made while she was employed by the city of Los Angeles Parks Department.

                        The ending theme song from the Lawrence Welk Show was played at the end of her funeral service as per her request.

                        I was forced to take piano lessons from a tender young age rather than learn the accordion however.
                        Last edited by ggm1960; 11-26-2018, 10:15 AM.

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