No original music here but these stories are true. The names have not been changed to protect any accordions. My first formal music training was at Flaherty’s Accordion School in Pasadena, CA. It didn’t last long but I still have the receipt and can recognize a whole note. Ed Allenbach was the leader of the Edgewater band. He had a book of tunes your mother would know as thick as a phone book. I just looked over his shoulder and played along. When he glanced at me I would solo for a while. Great gig for a music student and only about twenty minutes from where I lived.
Buttons and Bellows
He played “Lady of Spain” with a great big smile
Family gathered around for a while
Trying to tune in one channel we could get
On that big ol’ black and white TV set.
A world of wonder with 120 buttons.
Welcome children to Flaherty’s Accordion School
Now strap on that box, much bigger than a fiddle
Find the little button with the hole in the middle
Now on that key put your right hand thumb
Pull and push here it comes.
You must practice 20 minutes every day
And have it done before you go out to play
“Anybody want a gig?” the teacher hollered
“I’ll take it” I replied, I can use the dollars.
We played for the Moose, we played for the Elks
It was a union gig alright
The best we did was when we played
The Edgewater Inn, Seattle on Sunday nights
We played for dinner ’til after dark
But we never ever messed around with that evil mud shark.
©2017 John W Hanberry (ASCAP)
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Intro from “Dick Contino At The Fabulous Flamingo”