In the spring of 1975, The Who were recording another album. They had not had a hit single in three years. Their lead guitarist and main songwriter was thinking of moving on. Goodness, he was about to turn 30! Paul Sexton wrote on November 29, 2022, “After the film version of his musical epic
I wasn't aware of June being 'Accordion Awareness Month. You are right, Mr. Suber. Playing an accordion does take talent. Marching in a queer pride day parade ONLY qualifies you to be laughed at in a circus. "The acceptance of homosexuality in any civilization has been the downfall of that same civilization." History is an excellent teacher, people, which is why the teachers unions and school boards across The United States want to get rid of it.
Your post reminded me about a Norman Schwarzkopf story, when the French declined to join the alliance in the Desert Storm campaign. When asked about the French absence, Schwarzkopf said "going to war without the French is like going deer hunting without an accordion."
My wife was on her way to a gig with her accordion when she stopped at a convenience store for a cup of coffee. Sadly she had left the car door unlocked and when she got back she saw in horror that someone had thrown another one into the car while she was away.
My sister started playing the accordion back in Germany in`53. Dad was stationed there, and the Polka was played alot in our house. She's pushing 80, and still has the thing. Ah, memories. Happy Accordion Awareness Month all.....
Good column, Don. In addition to Accordion Awareness Month, it's also the month for Juneteenth - the day when the Union soldiers officially made the last Democrats give up their slaves back in 1865. This, in addition to pride month, should serve as a reminder to every Black American that Democrats never wanted to give up their slaves and were so mad that they replaced slavery with Jim Crow. Today, the Democratic Party continues their war on Black Americans by trying to erase Juneteenth and by diluting their labor advantage with illegal immigrants. And, if you are being honest, the Democrats are still importing slaves because even if you import someone to work for you and pay them a pittance, it's still slavery.
"... represents people from Central and Eastern Europe. They and Italians are considered lesser people by many other white people."
Really? Accordion to who?
Ar least we haven’t seen Dylan Mulvaney sporting an accordion yet. Afraid that would pretty much ruin the accordion in this country.
re: The photo used : Hubba hubba!
As for the place NOT to bring the accordion: deer hunting. Bring it to a hospital zone and even those in the morgue will get up and dance!
"If you have pride not in something you have mastered after years of struggle but for just having sex, I pity you, fool, because you have wasted your life."
True dat. I play guitar and have dabbled in the accordion and it is not easy.
Andrew Bierce wrote a great little tome called the Devils Dictionary…
Accordion noun… An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.
But I’d take one for the team any day if Christina Hendricks was playing the ‘Too Fat Polka’
Your column brought to mind the following: The definition of a gentleman is someone who knows how to play the bagpipes — but doesn’t.
The venerable accordion, together with the banjo, harmonica, kazoo, and Jew's harp are the forgotten instruments of the symphony orchestra.
Note that I did not include the bagpipes, which in most cases can only be paired with drums.
Mr. Surber, after reading this I'll be thinking of June in this way. But, it's still the month chosen for the US golf championship, isn't it? Right there at Father's Day?
You say it would be unwise for deer hunting, but I bet you could call plenty of geese with one.
I heard Lawrence Welk relented and eventually hired Teleshev back!
Happy Accordion Month Don!! By the way, your cat is on a roll these days.