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by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Worldwide Accordion Videos
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Worldwide Accordion Videos

John,

Have a jolly time on your holiday, and thanks for the links.

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Street music whilst on holiday
Replies: 13
Views: 281

Re: Street music whilst on holiday

losthobos, Perhaps I should clarify my position a little. I have absolutely no problem with people busking or otherwise playing in public places, providing they refrain from any activity which is coercive or demanding. I have often thrown a few coins into the guitar case of a busker, but would not d...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Street music whilst on holiday
Replies: 13
Views: 281

Re: Street music whilst on holiday

An interesting subject, for sure, but one with some obvious drawbacks. It would be upsetting to travel a great distance, only to find that the music on offer is not to your taste. I am also wary of people who coerce or otherwise place an implied obligation on anyone in earshot of them to stump up ca...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Accordion cultural exchange, or, the Internet is a beautiful thing!
Replies: 13
Views: 241

Re: Accordion cultural exchange, or, the Internet is a beautiful thing!

I speak French & German quite badly, and can still remember bits of Latin from my schooldays. Other than that, I have a few phrases in Afrikaans and a Welsh Language phrasebook somewhere on my bookshelves. My youngest daughter speaks Italian and Spanish, and the older two speak French. Brenda speaks...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice

Hi Jerry,

You could always borrow my Chanson. (or Galotta)

Take it easy, Jerry.

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice

Jerry,

I thought that you also owned some acoustic accordions. Anyway, I'm sure we could stretch a point in order to accommodate you.

Let me know when you are coming.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice

Hi John, Yes, I do understand the stuff you have to deal with, and can only suggest you choose your venues carefully. I am sure (dreaming or not) that you play very well, and that there are people out there who share your musical tastes. It is just a question of finding them. It's a fair old trog, b...
by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: "The 'Cordeen and Me" - Practice, Practice: but Practice Practice

John, We both know our antecedent history, so I will cut right to the chase. I'm sure you will agree with the following statement: If you can't control your emotions, they will control you. Whilst I accept that playing in front of an audience can cause us all to make mistakes, I still believe that n...
by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: What makes you choose accordion or it chooses you?
Replies: 11
Views: 221

Re: What makes you choose accordion or it chooses you?

In my case, I guess it is either a second childhood, or a revisiting of my youth. I played Clarinet in the early sixties, and was deeply involved in the burgeoning "Folk Scene" of that era. The intervening period is too long and complex to fully explain here, but I decided, at the age of 67, to get ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Hello from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Hello from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Tony,

A very warm welcome to the forum.

I look forward to reading your future contributions.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.