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Saturday, April 10, 2010

I love my accordion, but my love has boundaries...


Please people! Stop sending me this video!

I mean no harm, this young man is very talented --- this music just isn't my thing!!!

My love for the accordion....runs deep....through my veins...much like a favourite childhood recipe, your Grandmother's cooking, or the games you would play with your cousins in the field across the street.
I feel like I am honouring my Mother when I play, and honouring my Grandmother, Grandfather, my ancestry in general. It brings in nostalgia that I didn't even know existed for me. It brings up feelings of a past I don't have - yet.

I love the sound of the accordion, but certain specific sounds.

Let's get one thing straight: I love a polka - but only during Oktoberfest.

I love the accordion, but it's not the only kind of instrument or music maker I like to hear. I play this instrument, own too many of them, blog about it, and silk screen t-shirts with accordions on them... so I can see where I have led you astray :) Generally, I listen to a lot of raunchy, synthy, sexy electro/dance/disco... Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, The Smiths, Talking Heads, Erasure, Scissor Sisters, Hercules and Love Affair...



You're welcome ;-)

For the accordion, I love hearing French Musette, and anything Eastern European. Party music, full of life and romance preferably. Names I recommend and listen to are:

-Taraf de Haidouks
-Mahala Rai Banda
-Shantel
-Edith Piaff
-Yann Tiersen
-Beirut
-Accordion Tribe
-Motion Trio
-The Tiger Lillies

....to name a few (if you would like more suggestions please message me and I send you a list!)

I recently fell upon these two songs, and I really like the use of the accordion in them - in that way that I wish I had been a part of the recording :)



Pssst... Edward Maya uses bits of Zoe's "Libertango" recording and video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFfmDff78jE



Okay, so these songs are a little bit silly, but I like them. I see this instrument as being full of life and spirit, it has the ability to tell a story, I have an aversion to hearing it play classical music. The classical music just doesn't seem like the right fit for my ears. That's my opinion...

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This has been a strange blog entry, but I realise I should blog more about the music I like, and everything about the accordion I enjoy aside from the gigs I play, or who I have met. I will make a point from here on to post my latest suggestion of music that showcases the accordion.

So with that, I am already breaking my promise by showing you my favourite Depeche Mode song:

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