A Most Unexpected Discovery at the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration

 

Every time we are in Leavenworth for the Accordion Celebration, I make a point of dropping by the Taffy Shop, which sells all manner of sweets and gift items. But this time, they had a new product that just stopped me in my tracks. Then, I smiled broadly, whipped out my new iPhone XR, and took a picture.

I had a nice discussion with the proprietor about that. He told me that he had bought some, and gave some to his friends, but had some left over. So, he put them out in his shop, and they were sold almost immediately! He was very surprised at that but bought 100 more for the shop. What you see here is all he had left, after selling most of them in a very short time. He also pointed me toward a display of Trump socks in a variety of cool styles, and told me they were just flying off the shelves. He also said that he had stocked some Obama socks in the past, and he said he “couldn’t give them away”– nobody wanted them! Go figure!

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There are 19 comments.

  1. Paul Erickson Member

    Those people who cling to their guns, their religion and their accordions . . .

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    • June 24, 2019, at 5:35 AM PDT
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  2. Front Seat Cat Member

    who knew there were Obama socks?? Great story!

    PS Where’s the pictures of the accordion celebration??

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    • June 24, 2019, at 5:54 AM PDT
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  3. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49 Post author

    Pics will be posted over at RushBabe49.com, when I get a chance to do a big post. Sometime this week.

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    • June 24, 2019, at 6:19 AM PDT
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  4. carcat74 Member

    Obama socks? Do his acolytes even wear socks? I picture his disciples with man-buns, skinny jeans, and a permanent disapproving glare. Oh, and that goes for ALL sexes, genders, what-have-you…..

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    • June 24, 2019, at 11:00 AM PDT
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  5. Skyler Coolidge

    Accordions are at least a half step better than bagpipes, but that’s not saying much.

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    • June 24, 2019, at 3:32 PM PDT
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  6. Vance Richards Member

    Amid the sex, drugs, and polka . . . Trump hats. 

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    • June 24, 2019, at 3:40 PM PDT
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  7. Paul Erickson Member

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Accordions are at least a half step better than bagpipes, but that’s not saying much.

    1. I try not to get downwind of either, but suspect that bagpipes smell worse.
    2. In any gaggle of bagpipes, there is indeed at least a half step difference in pitch.
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    • June 24, 2019, at 4:03 PM PDT
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  8. Western Chauvinist Member

    We’re in Hillsdale this week for the Couples for Liberty Shooting Sports camp and we’ve seen at least half a dozen “Trump 2020” t-shirts in town already! It’s reminiscent of 2016 when we were here and the only yard signs we saw were Trump/Pence. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t carry the heartland again. 

    Also, this:

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    • June 24, 2019, at 7:33 PM PDT
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  9. James Lileks Contributor

    Skyler (View Comment):
    Accordions are at least a half step better than bagpipes, but that’s not saying much.

    I like them in the French Piaf-Monmartre context. Makes one nostalgic for something one never experienced.

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    • June 24, 2019, at 8:08 PM PDT
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  10. The Reticulator Member

    It so happens that last night I was again binge-watching YouTube videos of Bach organ works on accordion. None are as good as the one Ray pointed us to, of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor performed by the late Alexander Sevastian, but there are a lot more of them than I expected that are worth listening to. 

    And this performance of the Bach Concerto in D minor by Ksenija Sidorova on a keyboard accordion, with the Latvian Radio Big Band, was fun to watch. I’m usually not crazy about jazz versions of Bach, but this was fine.

    I branched out a little beyond Bach, too, but not too far beyond.

    If anyone had told me a few weeks ago that I’d be binge-watching accordion videos, I’d have been fearful of the future. 

    Saturday afternoon, at a high-school graduation open house, I was sitting at a table with a bunch of other old people, and all of the women within speaking distance were telling us of their youthful days playing accordion. I hadn’t known that I associated with such people. (One of them was my wife.)

    It’s like we need some lawn signs like those “Motorcycles are Everywhere” ones. Except it should be Accordions rather than Motorcycles.

     

     

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    • June 24, 2019, at 8:35 PM PDT
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  11. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49 Post author

    And here is the link to my full post over at RushBabe49.com. I guarantee you will love the video.

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    • June 24, 2019, at 9:14 PM PDT
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  12. Dan Campbell Member

    Wouldn’t Obama socks be considered racist? 

    Because you’re walking all over the black man.

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    • June 25, 2019, at 6:13 AM PDT
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  13. Stad Thatcher

    If accordions are outlawed, only outlaws will have accordions . . .

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    • June 25, 2019, at 8:59 AM PDT
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  14. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    The Reticulator (View Comment):
    It so happens that last night I was again binge-watching YouTube videos of Bach organ works on accordion. None are as good as the one Ray pointed us to, of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor performed by the late Alexander Sevastian, but there are a lot more of them than I expected that are worth listening to. 

    The Bach organ pieces that can be played on the accordion are relatively few, also a few from some other composers, made difficult by the organ pedal part usually being very independent from the other parts or consisting of a sustained pedal tone for measures on end (typically in a Toccata). The fact that the T&F in dm doesn’t have a sustained pedal tone (also it has a lot of movement alternating notes to create multiple lines from alternating tone to me lends support to the contention of that piece being originally written for pedal harpsichord (harpsichord with manuals and pedals for the bass). It’s tricky to select pieces playable for performance on the classical accordion or bayan originally written for full organ. You can limit your selections to manuals-only literature (which exists for both harpsichord and organ), or you can try composers like Pachelbel, who wrote reams of music for organ (fugues, toccatas, chorale preludes). Pachelbel’s D minor fugue for organ is just doable on the piano bayan/conservatory accordion, but it’s a stretch for some hand sizes (including mine), although the hand stretch required would be a bit less on the chromatic button bayan.

    I could kick myself. I almost entered the classical open and I do have some repertoire from Pachelbel that would be playable with some brush up time. The one and only entrant failed to show…

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    • June 25, 2019, at 1:50 PM PDT
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  15. Miffed White Male Member

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):
    I could kick myself. I almost entered the classical open and I do have some repertoire from Pachelbel that would be playable with some brush up time. The one and only entrant failed to show…

    All you need is a rubber chicken, not an accordian:

     

     

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    • June 25, 2019, at 1:52 PM PDT
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  16. Paul Erickson Member

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):
    I could kick myself. I almost entered the classical open and I do have some repertoire from Pachelbel that would be playable with some brush up time. The one and only entrant failed to show…

    All you need is a rubber chicken, not an accordian:

     

     

    Can’t help noticing how morose this musician is while playing this piece. I was asked to play it for an outdoor wedding a couple weeks ago as people were arriving. (Un)fortunately my music blew away. I improvised on the chord progression for 7 1/2 minutes while my eyes glazed over. Nobody noticed.

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    • June 26, 2019, at 9:30 AM PDT
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  17. Miffed White Male Member

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):
    I could kick myself. I almost entered the classical open and I do have some repertoire from Pachelbel that would be playable with some brush up time. The one and only entrant failed to show…

    All you need is a rubber chicken, not an accordian:

     

     

    Can’t help noticing how morose this musician is while playing this piece. I was asked to play it for an outdoor wedding a couple weeks ago as people were arriving. (Un)fortunately my music blew away. I improvised on the chord progression for 7 1/2 minutes while my eyes glazed over. Nobody noticed.

    I think it’s just concentration (It’s not easy to play a rubber chicken like that). If you look for other videos by the same guy, he does straight up comedy stuff.

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    • June 26, 2019, at 9:55 AM PDT
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  18. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    All you need is a rubber chicken, not an accordion:

    FIFY

    Accordiann and Andy

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    • June 26, 2019, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  19. Paul Erickson Member

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):
    I could kick myself. I almost entered the classical open and I do have some repertoire from Pachelbel that would be playable with some brush up time. The one and only entrant failed to show…

    All you need is a rubber chicken, not an accordian:

     

     

    Can’t help noticing how morose this musician is while playing this piece. I was asked to play it for an outdoor wedding a couple weeks ago as people were arriving. (Un)fortunately my music blew away. I improvised on the chord progression for 7 1/2 minutes while my eyes glazed over. Nobody noticed.

    I think it’s just concentration (It’s not easy to play a rubber chicken like that). If you look for other videos by the same guy, he does straight up comedy stuff.

    Fair enough. He does seem to be a virtuoso. Interestingly, unlike acoustic chickens, rubber chickens are not plucked. 

    I do think the instrumentation is appropriate for the piece.

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    • June 26, 2019, at 2:41 PM PDT
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