I was listening to Seth Godin giving a talk about finding your purpose and he made a suggestion that has always stuck with me. He said to make a list of every single thing you might want to do, and then read the list to yourself–aloud. And when you get to the one that catches your voice a little bit or maybe even brings a tear to your eye, that is the one you do.
Well, That’s how I feel about my music and I feel certain you do too. Being an accordionist has its ups and downs in our culture but playing Rock Accordion is always an “up.” Audiences are always so pleasantly surprised to hear a Rock and Roll Tune springing out of the bellows! And the only thing better than listening to it is playing it.
You know, when it comes to Rock and Roll Music, we accordionists have been there from the beginning. If Rock and Roll is a social and cultural revolution, and it is, then “Rock Around the Clock,” by Bill Haley and His Comets” is the Declaration of Independence. And look who was in the starting lineup from the git go–Johnny Grande on ACCORDION!
The accordion is PERFECT for Rock Music! Certainly the portability of our instrument allows us to roam the stage and play amongst other band members a la Eddie Van Halen. And our instrument is extremely versatile, probably the most versatile in the world. You can solo, you can accompany, and if you are sitting in with a couple of other musicians you can morph into quite the horn section all on your own.
I guess what I am getting at is not only do I love playing Rock Accordion but there is so much more about it that I want to learn. There are so many songs to learn, true. I also want to learn more rock techniques, rehearsal strategies, and exercises to help all of us get to where we want to go.
So, the Rocky Howard Music Blog explores all these different areas of accordioning–including Rock and its sub-genres. And I want to start a conversation with you. I want to know what you think or might suggest. Your comments can leverage the world of Rock Accordion. Your ideas can bring new life to our music.