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    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Accordion Awesomeness

    I don’t know how you spend your Saturday nights, but Kory and I like to stay hip by hitting the town, eating at trendy spots, and hanging out at the cool clubs. We’re just awesome like that.

    Yeah, ok. That’s about as far as I can go with that absurdity. Truth is, we spend most Saturday nights at home doing ultra-exciting stuff like watching TV and begging our children to go to bed.

    But this last Saturday night was different. Kory’s parents invited us to the picnic for their senior townhome community.

    I know. Try to hold back that raging jealousy monster.

    We weren’t just there for the brownies. The scheduled entertainment for the picnic was a husband and wife accordion duo, the same couple who gave my husband accordion lessons when he was a kid.

    *cough* Nerd!

    Kory’s parents brought pictures from his accordion band days and shared them with the other seniors and the musicians. In an amazing display of wifely solidarity, I kept my snickering to a level undetectable by hearing aids. Actually, as a former bell choir member, I don’t have a stool to sit on in the cool department.

    But the accordion players were truly fantastic. They’d had a show in Branson, medaled in international competitions, and were professional entertainers. Our boys really got into their “music from around the world” bit. Chunky kept whispering, “When will they play Scotland?” When they heard his request they played a version of “Scotland the Brave” that would’ve earned a nod from my Scottish aunt.

    You couldn’t help but smile as the husband and wife players flirted over their bulky instruments in a practiced routine that was, nonetheless, charming. When the concert was over, Chunky leaned over to Kory and said, “Daddy, you need to get an accordion.” I suggested that Kory could make some real money playing the accordion in bars, particularly if he wore lederhosen. Oddly enough, my introverted husband didn’t jump at this opportunity for extra cash.

    As we drove home I told Kory that I felt cheated. Here I am the wife of an engineer when I could’ve been the other half of a dynamic accordion duo. We could’ve been up there, in matching clothes, grinning and winking and one-upping each other as we each played what has got to be the weirdest instrument ever created. Well, second to the bagpipes, of course. And those gourd thingies.

    Our whole family was on a fast course to geekdom. Thankfully, when we arrived home our very cool neighbors were hosting a very cool backyard party, playing very cool classic rock and drinking very cool sangria. We crashed the party, regained our slightly cool status, and were saved from a possible future as the Denmark Family Accordion Band.

    So, time to share. Did you play an instrument as a kid? Do you still play? Are you a closet pan flutist?

    Have you ever seen Boba Fett and Princess Leia in an accordion duel?

    10 comments:

    Brandi said...

    That sounds so cute, Evangeline! I keep picturing the Lawrence Welk Show. Did you ever watch that growing up?

    I played the clarinet when I was a kid. This year, I tried my hand at guitar, but we both know where that went, lol!

    daisymarie said...

    Such a sweet geek story. I've always been amazed when I watch someone playing the accordian. It's like learning Hebrew...upside down and backwards. And I just think it's pretty cool that the kiddos got to be a part of the community, too!

    Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

    I needed a good crack up for the day! It's smoky up here, and there's not much going outside today.

    I, too, played handbells, piano, and also the ukelele. I was actually part of a "stringband" in the 70s, a choir made up of stringed instruments. We used to perform on the radio, and even made a record. I think I was all of 8 at the time...

    ~Debbie

    Evangeline Denmark said...

    Debbie, I'm sorry it's still smoky up there. I've been thinking about all the Woodland Park folks and hoping you're not feeling forgotten. We're still praying.

    Your list of musical accomplishments made me smile. It's good to know a fellow ringer but the ukelele, wow! You are one talented gal!

    Linda B said...

    You know Flynn plays the accordion, right? He's never taken lessons but he can read music and play piano so he gets along all right. He can even play a couple of Dr. Who tunes on his accordion.

    Donita K. Paul said...

    I played many instruments growing up. Some for as long as a week. My father's family was very musical. He played in a band at one time. Okay, so here is the list: trumpet, violin, ukelele, guitar, cocoanut bongo, and piano. I took lessons on the piano for 8 years, because my mom was stubborn, not because I was gifted. I didn't end up with an ability to play even one instrument, but I do have a great appreciation of music.

    Evangeline Denmark said...

    I didn't watch The Lawrence Welk show growing up but I've caught it a time or two on PBS. It is such a different world compared to the entertainment industry today!

    Evangeline Denmark said...

    Upside down and backwards is a good way to put it.

    Evangeline Denmark said...

    I didn't know Flynn played the accordion. I can see him dressing in character and performing in odd places just for fun.

    Jennifer ♥ said...

    The ol' squeezebox is a unique instrument!! Please invite us to your concert if you ever start up a hubby/wife duo band.

    I played the kazoo - does that count?!

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