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The Charisma of Live Music

20 Nov

I danced last night to the rhythm of a band: one that specializes in the hits 1950’s to 1980’s. It was enthralling!

Why is it that we get so caught up in the excitement of the moment? Why do we forget our aches and pains, and become young again? Why do we all turn up our extroversion, and let go with the actions our souls prescribe?

That’s the magic of live music, the real here and now stuff that sets our hearts and minds aglow!

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Why I Like to Play the Accordion

21 Aug

Statistics suggest that the Piano Accordion runs a distant last behind the piano as a popular keyboard instrument. Let me say a few words in its favour.

Firstly, unlike its big brother the harmonium or reed organ, the Piano Accordion is portable. You just pack it in its case, and off you go! Live music is at your fingertips!

Secondly, and arguably more relevant, the Piano Accordion is capable of producing music of an extraordinarily happy nature.  There’s something quite unique in the tones that it can produce. Because the instrument is smaller and lighter than a harmonium, and with thinner reeds,  it therefore has a brighter, more engaging tone.  The display of an  especially enthralling type of  musical extroversion is possible, and with minimal effort!   Simply use the bellows to vary the pressure instantly, and in an expressive manner!  In addition, most models have a choice of voices, so, by flicking a switch, you can produce widely differing and evocative variations.

Sure, the Piano Accordions have a down-side. The larger models, particularly, are quite heavy, which can be quite challenging for some individuals. The other issue is that the bass buttons are out of sight, and therefore, their positions have to be learned primarily by touch. It is possible, however, to cheat a little by using a mirror.

So, why not become a fan of the Piano Accordion, or at least, consider their virtues?

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