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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2009-12-25: Longest Show of the End of the Year

December 30, 2019

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 159 of Accordion Noir radio, recorded on Christmas Day itself!  After all these years on the air, Bruce is a bit of a seasonal programming expert, so he really lets loose in these episodes.  At its original online home, this one clocked some 8872 listens, and it will keep tallying more at its new online home at the Internet Archive, where you can listen to it any time to satisfy all your accordion Christmas music needs!  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2009-12-25, The Longest Show of the Year! (not really)

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*Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where they’re from – Contact info.
* Baby Dee – Frosty the Manic-Depressive Snowman – Rudolph the Disgruntled Reindeer (2000) – http://www.babydee.org/
* Art Van Damme Quartet – Snowfall – Swinging The Accordion On MPS – USA – features the full albums Mit Art Van Damme In San Francisco, Ecstasy, Gentle Art Of Art, Lullaby In Rhythm, Art In The Black Forest, On The Road, Art & Four Brothers, Squeezing Art & Tender Flutes, Keep Going, and Blue World
* Flairk – The Emigrant – Festival of Light (1996) – http://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/compilations.php?group=Festival_of_Light
* Accordion Tribe – Die Wintersonnenwende II – Accordion Tribe (1998) – Slovenia, Sweden, Finland, USA, Austria – http://hoedown.com/main.site?action=siteupdate/view&id=5
* Jason Webley – Window No. 2 – Winter Comes (2008)
* Jason Webley, Sxip Shirey – Winter Comes – Winter Comes (2008) –www.elevenrecords.com http://www.sxipshirey.com http://www.jasonwebley.com
* Longest Night Ensemble – Mid Winter’s Waltz – Not Too Dark (1999) – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada – http://www.longestnight.ca/
* Bruce Triggs – Antarctic Penguin Accordions – Antarctica (2009) – with an eerie resemblance to the accordion solo in John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison.” Phil Parlapiano might in fact be the name of the actual penguin soloing.
* Mark Lee & The Co-Pilots – Ballad Of The Winter Cowboy – You May Hear Footsteps… (2007) – New South Wales, Australia – http://www.markleecopilots.com
* Ksenija Sidorova – Concert f- moll “Winter:” Allegro – Ad libitum… (0) – Latvia, London, England –
* Zeellia – The Rain Is Falling – Willow Bridge (0) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.zeellia.com
* Bruce and the Windy North Polar Twin Report – North Pole (2009)
* Maria Dunn – God Bless Us Everyone (From The Christmas Carol Project) – For a Song (2001) – Alberta, Canada – http://www.mariadunn.com
* Romano Viazzani – Winter – Angel Suite (2007) – Wales / Italy / UK – http://www.musicforaccordion.com/inform/vromano/index.htm
* Juliette Daum – Mrs. Winter’s Jump – Juliette Et Le Concertina (2006) – France/Wisconsin – http://www.juliettedaum.com/
* The Creaking Planks – Never Give a Puppy for Christmas – A Very Vancouver Christmas Vol-II (2007) – Canada – With added Rowan! http://www.veryvancouverchristmas.com/
* Rowan does the Legendary Pink Dot’s – Government Health Advisory – Live over the phone from his parent’s basement!

This episode’s cover is: the a snowy little Garmonska from a fabulous blog I just stumbled upon while searching for Winter Accordions. I’ll have to investigate further, they know about Garmons, I think they’re in Iran? More later! http://theperemechlounge.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (coming up this Thursday night!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2019-12-25: Squeezing One For This Christmas

December 26, 2019
AccNoir 2019-12-25

Some years our weekly radio broadcast takes place on Christmas, and some years it does not. When it does, often other programs on the radio station schedule find they have family celebrations they need to attend to and … would it be possible for us to cover their spots? What I mean to say is that this week Bruce not only programmed and operated an episode of Accordion Noir Radio on Christmas Day, but also during the Soundscapes spot in the hour prior AND the Late Night spot the hour following. So if you are still in the market for three hours of accordion-heavy Christmas music, have I got a recording for you! Apple and Google podcast subscribers will already have received the good news, but if you like, you can also listen to the broadcast via the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist!

AccNoir-2019-12-25, Squeezing One for this/last Last Christmas

I’m just going to interrupt the playlist at this juncture, as Bruce made it darned clear he wanted us to stress the link and the trailer for the Jingle Bell Rocks movie.

Now, where were we? Bruce also wanted to ensure we linked to the playlist (with some redundancy) of the three-hour Christmas episode we ran back six years ago — which it’s not at all clear to me we have a recording of! Fortunately, you can perhaps use this year’s broadcast to fill some holes in it. Speaking of which, on we go!

  • Ox – Xmas In The Jailhouse – Silent Night & Other Cowboy Songs – Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Rex Griffin – I’m Ready to Reform – from Kevin Coffey’s collection (1944) – Chicago, Illinois, USA – (Augie Klein, or possibly Frank Messina, acc.)
  • Hey Rosetta! – Carry Me Home – A Cup Of Kindness Yet (2012) – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada – http://www.heyrosetta.com
  • Solterre – O’ Come All Ye Faithful – Songs of Solstice (2007) – Slocan Valley, BC, Canada – http://www.kootenaykind.org http://www.kindmusic.org 12 Century Medieval hymn
  • Janet Lane & the Rhythm Westerners – I’d Like a Boyfriend for Christmas – The Return Of the Shellac Shack Santa! (Roy’s Christmas 78s, 2013) (195?) – (Early 50’s Twilight 78 from the collection of Roy Forbes)
  • Chardon Polka Band – The Krampus Song – (Video Single) (2015) – Chardon, Ohio, USA – http://www.chardonpolkaband.com/ https://youtu.be/v07s0sLiK_Q
  • Paul & Bonnie Tutmarc – There’ll Be a New Santa Claus This Christmas – from Kevin Coffey’s collection (195) – Pacific Northwest, USA – (Bonnie Tutmarc later became “Bonnie Guitar.”)
  • H & M – While the Shepherds Wash their Socks by Night – (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • John Kirkpatrick – Jogging Along With My Reindeer – This Label Is Not Removable (A Celebration Of 25 Years Of Free Reed) Disc 3 – UK? – http://www.free-reed.co.uk
  • Rob Harbron – Like A Christmas Tree – Polly In The Wood – Meanders (2019) – UK – http://www.robertharbron.com/
  • Mels – 1902 – Festival of Light (1996) – – John Leventhal, with a group called “The Mels” (him and Rick Depofo) https://www.discogs.com/Various-Festival-Of-Light/release/865985
  • Geoff Berner – When Chanukah Comes To Town – We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians (2015) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.geoffberner.com/
  • Duckmandu (Aaron Seeman) – Accordion Ballad – Quacky Holidays (2005) – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – http://www.duckmandu.com
  • Joel Guzman – White Christmas – YouTube (2014) – San Antonio, Texas, USA – http://www.guzmanfox.com http://accordionamericana.com/2014/12/25/joel-guzmans-accordion-christmas/
  • Casey Neill – The Holy Land – Brooklyn Bridge (2007) – Portland, Oregon, USA – Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, acc.
  • Brave Combo – Holiday – Kikiriki (2010) – Denton, Texas, USA – http://www.brave.com/bo/
  • Maria Dunn – God Bless Us Everyone (From The Christmas Carol Project) – For a Song (2001) – Alberta, Canada – http://www.mariadunn.com
  • Cam Penner – Balsam Fir (Merry Christmas Sir) – Christmas Single EP (2008) – Calgary, Alberta Canada – http://www.campenner.com
  • Adrienne Pierce – Joy – A Very Vancouver Christmas Vol-II (2007) – Canada – http://www.veryvancouverchristmas.com/
  • Stas Venglevski – December – Seasons (2003) – Wisconsin, USA (and Russia) –
  • Southern Scratch – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Chicken Scratch Christmas (Waila music) (1995) – Tohono O’odham people, Sonoran desert, southeastern Arizona – http://www.canyonrecords.com
  • Los Lobos – Its Christmas Time in Texas – Llegó Navidad (2019) – Los Angeles, California, USA – http://www.loslobos.org/site/
  • Derek Kehler – Misguided Children – A Very Vancouver Christmas Vol-II (2007) – Canada – http://www.veryvancouverchristmas.com/
  • Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier – The Most Unwanted Song (Christmas-time!) – The People’s Choice Music (1997) – – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Most_Unwanted_Song http://www.ubu.com/sound/komar.html http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/04/a-scientific-at/ Bagpipes, Opera, Rap, Country, tuba, classical, pipe-organ, banjo, accordion, hated, worst
  • The Terrible Twos – Caroline – If You Ever See An Owl… (2006) – Lawrence, Kansas, USA – “Same personnel as The New Amsterdams” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Terrible_Twos
  • Bob Dorough & the Blue Note Ad Hoc Orchestra – Blue Xmas (To Whom it May Concern) – Mitchell Kezin’s Merry Mix 2019 WAV (0) – – https://jinglebellrocks.com http://www.mabooshifilm.com
  • The Blenders – Sleigh Ride – Mitchell Kezin’s Merry Mix 2019 WAV (2002) – – https://jinglebellrocks.com http://www.mabooshifilm.com
  • Vera Ward Hall – No Room At The Inn/The Last Month Of The Year – Southern Journey, Vol 6: Sheep, Sheep Don’tcha Know The Road: Southern Music, Sacred And Sinful (1959) – The Alan Lomax Collection. http://culturalequity.org/
  • S. G. Sinnicks – Jesus Was A Refugee – Red Meat & Blue 88’s (2008) – “union made and proudly Canadian” – http://www.sinnicks.com/ Michael Boguski, acc.
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins – Santa – The Fire/Fury Records Story (Disc 1)
  • Ol’ Pal Irwin (Irwin Chusid) – Santa Clause is Coming to Town – Stay Free! Magazine Presents: The Best and Worst XMas 2004 (1980) – – Compiled by Carrie McLaren and KBC. http://www.stayfremagazine.org
  • Spencer Moore, Everett Blevins – The Lawson Murder – Southern Journey Vol. 5: Bad Man Ballads – Songs of Outlaws and Desperadoes (1997) – The Alan Lomax Collection. http://culturalequity.org/
  • Jimmy Witherspoon – I Hate To See Christmas – The Swingtime Records Story (Disc 1) (1951)
  • The Magnetic Fields – Mr. Mistletoe – Distortion (2008) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA – http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (next meeting one week from today!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2009-12-18: Concertina Noir

December 24, 2019

wheatstone

From 10 years ago, here’s episode number 158 of Accordion Noir radio, taking a break for the holiday season while offering up an hour of, for a change of pace, concertina music.  At its original online home, it accumulated some 9486 listens, and we hope that people continue listening to and enjoying it today at its new online home at the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2009-12-21, Concertina Noir!

(This post is out of order, but I wanted to get the Winter-wonder-show last week out early. I wasn’t drunk or anything here, I don’t know why I sound like it.)

*Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where they’re from – Contact info.
* Regardt de Bruin – Herinnering Aan Bles – Anglo International (2005) – Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa – http://www.angloconcertina.co.uk/
* Harry Belafonte – Angelina – All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1961) – New York, New York, USA / Aboukir, Jamaica – Where is the concertina version of this song?
* L Mahlobo – Umalume – Squashbox: Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa Concertina, 1930-1965 (1962) – South Africa – David Murray sent us this. Thankyou David! dave@spectacularopticals.com
* Chris Sherburn & Danny Bartley – Old Joe’s Jig, The Mist On The Mountain, The Mooncoin – Last Night’s Fun (1995) – Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (orig. W. Ireland or so.) – Chris Sherburn, anglo concertina. http://www.lastnightsfun.com/ reviewed: http://www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/webrevs/som002.htm
* Juliette Daum – Cancion de Cuna – Mallorca Dulee y Picante: Dulce (2007) – France/Wisconsin – http://www.juliettedaum.com/ Wheatstone Baritone Concertina
* Allan Atlas – A Stoír Mo Chroí – English International (2006) – Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments, New York City, USA – http://englishconcertina.org/
* Jonas Mate & Kleinbooi Motaung – Mamolikoane – Squashbox: Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa Concertina, 1930-1965 (1930) – South Africa – David Murray sent us this. Thankyou David! dave@spectacularopticals.com
* Arthur Osmond – I played my concertina – Edison Standard Record: 10209 (1909) – – Part of the UCSB Cylinder Digitization Project: http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/.
* Alf Edwards – Russian Rag – English International (1951) – Born near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – http://englishconcertina.org/
* Andy Turner – Bedfordshire March/The Decennial – Anglo International (2005) – Oxfordshire, UK – http://www.angloconcertina.co.uk/ http://www.magpielane.dsl.pipex.com/andyturner/
* Juliette Daum – Sonata Typica de Mallorca – Mallorca Dulee y Picante: Dulce (2007) – France/Wisconsin – http://www.juliettedaum.com/ Wheatstone Baritone Concertina
* Toy-Box Trio – Harrenhal – (2009) – Seattle, Washington, USA – http://www.myspace.com/toyboxtrio
* Oguta Bobo with his accordion – Alfred Wambogo – Rujina Kalando (1998) – Kenya, Africa – Luo Accordion/Concertina
* Tarkin – Rowan’s intro and then Tarkin’s track I messed up on on the show: Minto – live on our show, Accordion Noir 2007-05-18 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.tarkin.ca/
* Alan Day – Rosbif Waltz – Anglo International (2005) – Horley, London and South East UK – http://www.angloconcertina.co.uk/
* Lea Nicholson – Courtly Masquing Ayres – The Concertina Record (1980) – UK – http://www.jayls.com/jamring/
* Alistair Anderson – Farewell To The Dene; Strawberries Galore; Cheviot Rant – English International (2008) – International Concertina Association, UK – http://englishconcertina.org/

This episode’s cover is: Charles Wheatstone today’s squeezebox hero, inventer of Telegraphy (partially), 3-D glasses, and the concertina! (patented Dec 19, 1829): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wheatstone

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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2019-12-18: Now We're Getting Somewhere Or Other

December 18, 2019
AccNoir 2019-12-18

As we push on into the darkness, Bruce dug deep into his record crates this week to come up with a program of seasonal, solsticial squeezebox music… and as a holiday bonus, his behind-the-scenes co-host Rowan popped by to make things merry! If your Apple or Google podcast subscriptions have not already alerted you, you can enjoy listening to this week’s episode courtesy of the Internet Archive. And now… its playlist!

AccNoir-2019-12-18, Now We’re Getting Somewhere or Other

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2009-12-11: Rowan’s Best of 2009!

December 16, 2019

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 157 of Accordion Noir Radio.  As part of our traditional end-of-year programming, we’d review everything we’d aired that year, skim the cream and give highlights reels at the year’s end.  This episode consisted of Rowan’s favorite songs aired in 2009!  Looking back over this playlist today, a number of the songs still leap immediately to mind, suggesting that it was a good crop!  At its original online home it racked up some 8848 listens, and we know people will continue enjoying it over at its new forever online home at the Internet Archive, where you can enjoy listening to it today!  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2009-12-11, Best of 2009, with Rowan’s collective memory!

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Artist – Song (sorry, we haven’t got the details for these songs here.)
Rika Ruebsaat – Green Fields of Canada
Loudon Wainwright III – Daughter
Jelena Milejovic / Elyse Jacobson – Whistler’s Mother
Amelia Curran – Scattered & Small
Ksenija Sidorova – Karabas-Barabas’ Dance
Lars Hollmer – Endlich Ein Zamba
Art Van Damme – Easy To Love
Katya Dolorosa – Prettygirl Mountain Ash
Fire Lily – Bus Stop Song
Grayson Walker – Cyclone
Tom Fun Orchestra – Bottom Of The River
One Ring Zero – Frankenstein Monster Song
Les Fleurs Brisees – Glory Box
Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Ludacris
17 Hippies – the Moving Song
Amanda Jayne – Stupid For Your Love
Ana Bon-Bon – Boys of London (“Distortio-Fragment” version…)
Jack Velker – I’m Coming Home
Ana Bon-Bon – Boys of London (take two, for real this time)
The Amazing Rolo / Groanbox – Sea Bone remix
Flogging Molly – Float – Requiem for a Dying Song

This episode’s cover is the timely, “Boy and Accordion” Wall-clock from http://www.cafepress.ca/+funny-accordion+clocks
Anybody who wants to get us one of these funny clocks, that would be fine! (“I play my accordion because it keeps the aliens away!” That’s fun.)

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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2019-12-11: Lucky 13th Accordion Noir Broadcast Birthday!

December 12, 2019
AccNoir 2019-12-11

So we skipped our anniversary broadcast last week… Bruce however remembered, and turned our skip into a “postponed one week”, which sees us celebrating 13 years on the air in this week’s episode, with some birthday songs and tunes from old friends from “back in the day”. If your Apple and Google podcast-subscribed devices haven’t already tipped you off, you can enjoy listening to it courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist!

AccNoir-2019-12-11, Lucky 13th Accordion Noir Broadcast Birthday!

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Revolutionary Book Club! Annual Report for 2019

December 9, 2019
Banner graphic: Yellow "cloudy sunrise sky" background. Accordion Revolution book cover floating on left. Right hand text: "Accordion Revolution-ary Book Club!" [with "-ary" added after "Revolution," like a graffiti tag]

Welcome to my long-in-coming (and very long, but with prizes, so read carefully near the end) update on the Accordion Revolution book and my doings since its release.

First off, thank you for joining the “club,” and I hope you’ve had a chance to explore the book. It’s been great to hear what people think. (The pictures have received universally good reviews. But that’s the part I didn’t write.) 

Late in the summer, the eBook version of Accordion Revolution came out. It’s only $10 and available instantly nearly anywhere through the internets. That’s a quick gift idea if you ever need one (stage wink, and see below).

It’s been exciting to learn how far the book has travelled. I have photographic evidence of it carried knee-deep in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. (Not at the same time — one reader was on a trans-continental journey.) The book made its way through Europe and over to Japan, and even to Madagascar (Hi Tom!) 

It’s lovely to hear from folks and to see pics of the book “in the wild” (usually when it’s just unwrapped after arriving in the mail). If you give permission I’m not too shy to share them on the media sociál. 

So what is the state of The Revolution?I did my expedition-by-train down the West Coast of the United States in August. Highlights were the Cotati International Accordion Festival of course, and talking in Portland, Oregon, where I met the granddaughter (did I get that right?) of one of the Three Vagrants sisters—pictured in their vaudeville finery on pg. 60 of the book. What a treat to make living connections with characters I cherished writing about. (If I ever meet Julie Gardner’s family, I’m pretty sure I’ll cry.)

Book Display made from an accordion and its case. Black and gold accordion sides hanging off the open case, Red velvet interior with Accordion Revolution books. pins, stickers, lined up nicely inside.
The Accordion Revolution Book Case! Made for the launch, now an international traveller. Made from a sadly corroded accordion that was deemed unsalvageable. 😔

We shared more tales from the book at the Victoria Accordion and Tango Festival this fall, and then at our own Accordion Noir Festival, practically the birthplace of the project. I’m struggling with whether air-travel is justifiable for the sake of the squeezebox, but may be open to more opportunities if you know any destinations eager to hire an accordion historian.

The Accordion Noir Radio program has continued, now in it’s 14thyear on the air. I’ve found notes from that vintage at the very start of my research. My advice is, if you talk and play music long enough, an accordion book may come out!

Most recently, I’ve revamped the website at AccordionRevolution.com There you’ll find details on the production of the book under its original title, “Accordion Uprising,” which is high on the list if I ever do a sequel on modern accordionists. It also features little animations of the book-cover’s development, and a flickering-heart accordion tattoo, like the one “Rosie” sports on the book’s cover. I made both those tiny “movies” while waiting for copy-edits in the last stages of the book, so they make me laugh, and carry fond “Almost there!” memories.

Two Flaming-heart accordion pins, front and back, Back is black with tiny 'Accordion Revolution' and twin silver badge-backing. Background of image is the 'about the book' paragraphs from the back of the Accordion Revolution book.

On tour, I sold swank enamel pins of that “sacred-heart of the accordion” design. I’ve just this week opened an online shop to make them available to the world. There’s a few days to get them for holiday gift-givers, so take a look at: http://accordionbruce.etsy.com There’s also the amusingly provocative “This Machine Irritates Fascists” button/badges (based on Woody Guthrie’s quote), and our famous “One Less Guitar” stickers that raise funds for Accordion Noir’s base of operations Co-op Radio. I got a flurry of orders and sending packages internationally only hours after opening the shop, so that’s exciting. 
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Let’s move into, “Self-serving Revolutionary–Propaganda book-promotion” time. Here are some Accordion Missions if you choose to accept them:

The best hope that more readers enjoy Accordion Revolution is promotion from readers like you:

If you get a chance to recommend it to others: Information about print and eBooks, with many international options is at:

Accordion Revolution: Buying the Book

A stack of four copies of Accordion Revolution, on a woodgrain background

Next: Request a copy at your local and academic libraries. Most librarians love to hear suggestions for books their patrons would enjoy. Search online for “Request books, your library’s name,”and you’ll likely find a simple form where you can request all your favorite books. This supports authors in many ways: Libraries buy their books. It gets the unexpected accordion history book in front of readers who (after they get over their surprise) might want their own copies. And library copies are there for those who wouldn’t have the ability to buy it. Libraries are awesome! So please, request it from your local librarian.

The last way to support the book is to leave reviews. Maybe you own an internationally popular media outlet, or a niche-music journal? More likely, sites like Amazon and their subsidiary Goodreads, and other places that promote reviews (like libraries, see above) are a great way to share how you liked the book (or ways you wished it was better. Nobody’s perfect). People pay attention to reviews and may order the book elsewhere, so it’s worth dropping your opinion at even the biggest sites.

And of course, a few of you may be wired up on social media. You may recommend me at @AccordionBruce on most of these dubiously popular venues, and I’m happy to hear from folks. (Mostly I do my part to keep #AccordionTwitter squeezing, but make appearances elsewhere.)

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This email is practically a book in itself. So if you’ve read this far you deserve a reward! Here is a code for half-off on the ebook (good until Jan 8th): Sign up at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/949223 Enter the code VZ23Z when you buy the book, and you’ll get a 50% discount (so it’s like five bucks, eh?) Feel free to use it to send a copy to a friend. Perhaps encourage them to pick up the print version for themselves? 😉

Oh! Typing that smiley reminds me of my other project this year. The official proposal for an #AccordionEmoji! It won’t be publicly announced until March, but it’s very likely that every phone and computer in the world will soon have an accordion alongside classic emojis like 😻 (smiling cat face with heart-shaped eyes), 😥 (disappointed but relieved face), 💆🏽‍♂️ (man getting head massage), and the ever-popular, 🏚 (derelict house). (I have to figure out a way to work that last one into text messages.)

Draft emoji graphic for the Accordion Emoji: Red three-row button accordion with dark brown bellows splayed in an arc

If you’d like to learn more about the emoji process, I started a twitter account just to talk about it. You’ll find a link to the amusing full proposal there: https://twitter.com/accordionemoji

And finally, thank you all so kindly for your support over this eventful year. Here’s to the squeezebox revolution,

Bruce Triggs

  Accordion Revolution: a People’s History of the Accordion

   Vancouver, BC, Canada

       www.AccordionRevolution.com 

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