Have I ever told you that my favorite instrument is . . . wait for it . . . the accordion? Yes, the lowly accordion: that sacred vessel of gypsies, buskers, and sweaty Polish men in holey t-shirts. The truth is that I had an accordion once but was miserable at playing. I took lessons on the Lower East Side from a cranky German fellow who, as a matter of explaining music theory, said things like, "If you take a bite of strawberry shortcake and it tastes like fish, it isn't strawberry shortcake. This is like a waltz." Or, about my failure to match his tempo: "Before you sounded like a dying soldier. Now you are merely schlepping." (How I miss you Walter.)
Anyway, I only relayed that story because Jeremy Barnes is one half of the fantastic band A Hawk and A Hacksaw and an accordionist without parallel, in this blogger's humble opinion. This takeaway concert makes me want to dance naked in gypsy circles in Germany's Black Forest, bells tinkling 'round my ankles and bangles shimmering in the full moon midnight. Tell me you don't feel the same at around 2:26.
Oh, and I almost completely lost my mind when I saw this video. This miraculous duo with one of my favorite bands of all time? The clip itself is the worst kind of tease (only thirty delicious seconds), so if anyone knows what song they are playing or where an interested party might purchase said song, do tell in the comments below.
Enjoy your weekend.
Look for me in the tents at Oktoberfest.
I'll be there, and I'll be drinking. PROST!