Thursday, March 16, 2017

Corned Beef, Cabbage and Polka Music

Elaine and I participated in a St. Patrick's Dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage at the Senior Center this evening. After a great meal we were entertained for over an hour by Lonnie Piitz with his accordion and sense of humor. Katrina does an excellent job of managing the Center along with many volunteers. In addition to playing Polka music and leading the singing of old favorites, Lonnie told of his learning to play the Accordion. His dad had played one that he found in the closet one day as a teenager. He quickly learned how to play the melody with his right hand but couldn't coordinate it with the left hand.
He told of spending hours trying to learn to get the two hands coordinated and then all of a sudden it just happened and he doesn't even have to think about which buttons the left hand touches. It reminded me of having had the same problem when I tried to play Dad's accordion. I solved the problem by having brother Don play the cords while I played the melody. Needless to say, that revelation of being able to do it all by myself never happened. When Dad handed his accordion to our son Jon, he just took and played it with both hands. It must have come naturally to him without having to go through the process of training his mind.

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