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Subject: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Mo
Date: 14 Nov 98 - 07:08 PM

Hi, My names Mo, and I like accordions. (Supportive applause from group). I first realised it when I was in my early teens. Y'know, all my friends were into punk and that, and I tried to go along, but in secret I was going to Fiddler's Rallies, Ceilidhs, Highland games - anywhere I could get a fix. I started listening to it on the radio, I was hooked. In music shops I would be standing next to the cool guitars and saxes but all the time my eyes would be sliding over to those shiny little buttons, the metal grille, and oh, that fabulous bit in the middle... Ahem. Anyway, I now know this isn't socially acceptable, my friends don't want to be seen with me, my family is ashamed - I think I need help. Mind you, I'm not really THAT addicted, I can give it up anytime I want, and it's not like I learned to play the accordion.... well.... not really. Anyway, thanks, I'm glad I'm here. (Sits down to more supportive applause)

Anyone else out there wanna join?!! Mo


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: McMusic
Date: 14 Nov 98 - 07:16 PM

Mo, we feel your pain (smiles, nods, and more applause from the group). It was very brave for you "come out" about your addiction; and none of us are going to "come down" on you. But we still dectect a slight hesitation on your part (more nods, faces dark with concern)--you said you weren't THAT addicted. You must not think in terms of not THAT addicted. It is merely a starting point from which you go happily down the road of recovery (smiles, nods, applause, and comforting hands reaching out to pat you gently on the shoulder). That'll be $850.00. Do you have Blue Cross/Blue Shield?


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Shambles
Date: 14 Nov 98 - 08:22 PM

Well Mo I think that was the point I was making,..... Accordions are Anonymous.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: jets
Date: 14 Nov 98 - 09:44 PM

Accordons: I walk into the coffe house .There are a dozen guys and ladies there with guitars and the hostess 's face breaks into a big smile for at last, she is going to hear something that is diffrent.She is going to hear me play ,on my button box, a few lively tunes.I play and the audiance breaks into wild appause.It happens every time.Why should I apologize for that?


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 14 Nov 98 - 09:52 PM

FORGET ABOUT PAYING FOR THE SHRINK YOU'L NEED THE BUCKS TO PAY FOR THAT NICE WHEATSTONE AT THE BUTON-BOX IN AMHERST.............


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Musicman
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 03:13 AM

Hey Guy, There's a man after my own heart. Did I hear Wheatstone mentioned. I've got a family machine that I can date to about 1906. An old Sally Ann squeeze box. A real sweet instrument to play. However, I was given a 70yr old Honer Diatonic button accordian that I have no clue how to play (2 rows!) and, will admit, recently joined the ranks of accordian players although just learning. I was graciously given an Excelsor, I think it's a student or ladies model, but hey, It was free! And I'm really enjoying it!!!.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 09:15 PM

Have you heard guys the song "Concertina Zombies"? Singing it, I think, would have great therapeutic value. Barry


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: alison
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 09:33 PM

Hi Barry,

come on..... give us the lyrics.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 15 Nov 98 - 11:25 PM

Sorry alison, I don't have them. A singing partner, Jerry Bryant does this & even though I don't squeeze, it's gotta be one of the funniest songs I've heard in awhile. I'll see if I can't get Jerry to post them (he hasn't dropped in, in awhile) or get them from him & post them myself. Barry


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Musicman
Date: 16 Nov 98 - 02:17 AM

Sounds like an approachable song......

please do share.....


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From:
Date: 16 Nov 98 - 02:54 AM

And please put the tune in accordian tab. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 04:06 PM

Jerry put me on to a friend & the author Rick Spencer, one of the Mystic Seaport shanty crew Here is his song & reply

Barry: Thanks for the interest in posting the song. Lyrics follow this message. The song is copyright 1995 by R.E. Spencer and published by Silk Road Music, BMI. If anyone is interested it's available on the CD and Cassette, "Contentment," which is available through Safe Harbor music, PO Box 96, Mystic, CT 06355. Interested parties can also contact me at my e-mail address.

Hexagon Zombies I saw them approaching with their cases in their hands. They had a blank look in their eyes, I did not understand. The dread was in my heart from the evil looks upon their faces As they sat down in a circle and they opened up their cases. "Oh, no. This can't be true" I said. They were smiling like hyenas. And on each lap I saw that they were holding concertinas. The bellows wheezed, the buttons pressed, it was so surreal and queer. No horror I had heard prepared me for the sound I'd hear. Chorus: Hexagon Zombies, playing concertinas Lachenals and Jeffries, Wheatstones and Bastaris Hexagon Zombies, they all played much too loudly They had no sense of timing. Their instruments were breathing.

In morbid fascination I stared. I could not move. I was grounded Like watching a plane crash on a train wreck, And that's just how it sounded. Jigs and reels and hornpipes played. Morris tunes as well. Like some wheezing, groaning chorus from the deepest pits of Hell. Then all at once the playing stopped, the din was heard no more. One zombie took his box apart and laid the pieces on the floor Like a twisted body in the road. We stared at the disembowelled thing. An amazing pile of pads and reeds, levers valves and springs. Chorus

With glassy eyes one handed me a harmless looking box. He droned "Just try it, man." It was then my sould was lost. I felt it breathing in my hand, the buttons I did press. It spoke. And from that moment on my soul has not known rest. So come all you folk musicians and listen unto me. Stay away from concertinas, or the "squeezing dead" you'll be. Play the banjo or the dulcimer and live long and peaceful years. The devil made concertinas to assault our gentle ears. Chorus.

There you have it, Barry. Let me know if you get any reaction from it. I'll let you know if I get any hate mail. Rick


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Subject: Lyr Add: HEXAGON ZOMBIES (Rick Spencer)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 04:53 PM

I copied this & it didn't come out right , I'll type it in. I'll also put in Rick's e-mail ( rspencer02@snet.net )

HEXAGON ZOMBIES

I saw them approaching with their cases in their hands.
They had a blank look in their eyes I did not understand.
The dread was in my heart from the evil looks upon their faces
As they sat down in a circle and they opened up their cases.
"Oh, no. This can't be true," I said. They were smiling like hyenas,
And on each lap, I saw that they were holding concertinas.
The bellows wheezed, the buttons pressed, it was so surreal and queer.
No horror I had heard prepared me for the sound I'd hear.

CHORUS: Hexagon zombies, playing concertinas:
Lachenals and Jeffries, Wheatstones and Bastaris.
Hexagon zombies, they all played too loudly.
They had no sense of timing. Their instruments were breathing.

In morbid fascination, I stared. I could not move. I was grounded
Like watching a plane crash on a train wreck, and that's how it sounded.
Jigs and reels and hornpipes played, Morris tunes as well,
Like some wheezing, groaning chorus from the deepest pits of hell.
Then all at once, the playing stopped. the din was heard no more.
One zombie took his box apart and laid the pieces on the floor
Like a twisted body in the road. We stared at the disemboweled thing:
An amazing pile of pads and reeds, levers, valves and springs. CHORUS

With glassy eyes, one handed me a harmless-looking box.
He droned, "Just try it, man." It was then my soul was lost.
I felt it breathing in my hand. The buttons I did press.
It spoke, and from that moment on, my soul has known no rest.
So come all you folk musicians and listen unto me:
Stay away from concertinas, or the "squeezing dead" you'll be.
Play the banjo or the dulcimer and live long and peaceful years.
The devil made concertinas to assault our gentle ears.

Barry


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Shambles
Date: 29 Nov 98 - 07:24 PM

Great stuff. Has he written one about the banjo too?


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: sheil@cybertours.com
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 08:23 AM

Dear Mo, If you really like accordions, plan on attending the annual Northeast Squeeze-in held in Washington, Ma. every september. Details may be ascertained from "The button Box" in Amherst, Ma. It is a very enjoyable weekend thing. John Sheil


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Bert
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 11:42 AM

It looks like I'm going to be joining. I just bought a large old square concertina. It was made in Germany in 1928. Has 'Germania' in the fretwork on one end. It needs a lot of TLC, so it will be a while before it's playable again.

If anyone has any information about this beastie I would appreciate it.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 30 Nov 98 - 11:54 PM

Shambles, I haven't heard that he's done much to give the banjo it's place in heaven.
John Sheil, you can hear the above song at the Squeeze In, if you ask, there are at least a couple weezers there I know of that sing it. Barry


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Musicman
Date: 02 Dec 98 - 04:34 AM

ANything happening on the west coast (Vancouver, BC, Seattle area) for a type of "Squeeze in"? Also, I am looking for a reliable person to tune a Wheatstone Concertina down 1/4 tone (Salvation Army pitch), preferable on the west coast, (closer to home) if anyone could recommend someone.?.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 12:28 AM

A proud member, of upright standing, am I now.

Robin


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Gurney
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 06:22 AM

I like the sound of reed instruments, and own a Sally Army Lachenal, but I've never come across a dog or cat that does. They usually glare in horror, then run. The more aggressive ones challenge for a fight.
They just stalk out looking hurt from the guitar, and then only when I flatpick.
Off
    on
       a
         tangent
                again. Maybe I should re-register under the alias of Vector.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: GUEST,Kedesh
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 06:42 AM

My cat really likes me playing my accordion - goes all soppy and drooly and tries to catch my fingers. A friend has the same problem when he plays his whistle - quite impossible with a cat marking you back and forth all the time.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Gurney
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 07:38 AM

Are you sure they are not trying to stop you, by asking politely? We do have one polite cat. He STROLLS out. Our narky bitch (that is a generic, behavoural term) spits and stalks out.

It took me years to understand some of their behavour. I thought that they came and sat on my book out of bastardy, but I now think that THEY think that you are depressed when you sit looking down, and so try to cheer you up, or at least express solidarity.

Kedesh, are you up early or late? It is 11.15pm here in NZ, and I'm for my pit.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 09:14 AM

I like the words of the concertina song. Is it sung to an existing melody, or is the tune original? My concertina teacher's birthday is the week-end...heh, heh.

I have a dog that runs in to sing with me when I play the concertina. She particularly likes the key of G. My can, too, is helpless when caught in the throes of free reed bliss. She rolls on her back and waves her paws in the air. The second dog just sits to one side and looks offended.


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 09:16 AM

Oh, dear--those would be THIS week-end, and my CAT...never mind my helpless can...


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 09:20 AM

the concertina song??!!!


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 09:43 AM

A cat asks to approach another cat by looking briefly with narrowed eyes (I call it "simpering") then averting the gaze and watching for neutral body language with their peripheral vision. Making a sound that the cat reads as a cat sound and then looking down is an invitation to come rub foreheads, to a cat. Regarding reading and cats, glancing at the cat and then averting the gaze (back to the book) is also an invitation. BTW this is also why cats will go to the people who don't like them-- the narrowed eyes we use when we dislike something, and then looking away, is cat bait.

~S~


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: open mike
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 01:54 PM

I have a friend who has an accordions anonymous bumper sticker!!
and there is the Cotati accordion fest each year in california..
cotati accordion fest
it is in the end of august
apparently quite a spectacle
seeing (and hearing) hundreds
OF SQUEEZY BOXES PLAYING LADY OF SPAIN
will someone explain this?


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 02:26 PM

Hi, my name is Claire, and I'm a duet concertina player (Wheatstone McCann ca 1916, Lachenal Crane late 20s). It has been five days since my last squeeze.

(pauses for reedy, wheezing, and bellowed greetings from those present)

Awhile back, when I was about 4 months pregnant, I attended a wassailing do sponsored by my former morris side. Much to my horror, I found myself with one melodeon to my right, two more to my left, my back to a wall, and a morris side in front of me wielding sticks and blocking my only escape route.

I hardly need say this, but that was the first time I felt my baby move. Four years later, I am still trying to determine whether he was dancing along, or merely trying in vain to get away...


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Dead Horse
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 03:03 PM

There is a Diet Tonic Help Group already set up for those addicted to the Finger-lickin' spicey Cajun variety..........
http://pub50.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=4254394652


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: GUEST,Kedesh
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 09:16 PM

Hi Gurney

Yes, I'm on Waiheke - heck of a storm last night, was waiting for the other half to get in from a very convoluted ferry journey.

There's an accordion orchestra up on the North Shore isn't there?

K


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Oct 03 - 05:44 AM

Hello ClaireBear, I've got a McCann too... :-)

a Lachenal - a very low id number - complete with wood hexagonal case.

Now that were are back from talking about cats, and back to free reed instruments...

What accordion/free reed festivals are there left in Eastern Australia, now that Towoomba appears to be in abeyance? I heard about one on the Gold Coast, after it was over.

I was talking with some others about setting one up in Brisbane, but I can't do it all on my own - cost of insurance and things like that, so would there be enough interest and support? If I get enough interest here, I'll take it to a new thread. I do have access to a spectacular venue that is a bit out of town, but plenty of room to camp over the weekend. Right next to a Sunday Market and Pub. Place has licensed bar and canteen indoors too.   :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: vectis
Date: 04 Oct 03 - 07:43 PM

How reassuring to find that I am not the only squeezer whose cat decamps from the house when I play.
My old cat was too idle to leave but my new one is definately not a music lover. Well... not when I play accordion anyway


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:09 AM

Since this thread name

Technique: The P/A for The Recycled Muso

does not have the word accordion in it, it may be a bit difficult to find on a straight search.

Robin


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 07:33 AM

So where is the support group for those who live with Accordions, Those whose lives have been blighted and made unbearable by falling over the bloody things all over the dining room floor, not being able to put a book away because the cupboard is blocked by them, not being able to get to the bedroom window because the bloody things block the way.....?

I'd start one up, but there are too many in my house to make it safe....

LTS


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: Dead Horse
Date: 29 Oct 03 - 02:31 PM

Free The Reed - Binci is innocent!


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 01:07 AM

Say Liz...

(Psst!)

Give them away!

No on second thought, speaking as someone with Accordion Aquistion Disease, that may not be a good idea if you live with someone who has AAD.

Second thought - learn to play in self defence....

:-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: A.A.(Accordions Anonymous)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 30 Oct 03 - 01:28 AM

Oh, people with AAD can't count - and don't...

and perhaps that should be - Learn to play in self-defiance...

Robin


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