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by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Tony, The truth is, every decade has it little "Gems." The 60's was a great time for music, but there was still an awful lot of dross about. The 70's also had its share of cringe-worthy music, though there were some outstanding songs on offer. I guess I lost interest in popular music when Punk Ro...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Sally, As you know, my age now begins with a "7". The tunes that I like are mostly from the 50's, 60's & 70's, which are the decades when I actually followed musical trends. Well known tunes dating from before the 50's are great, but I tend to concentrate on stuff from the decades I have mentione...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Sally, I studiously avoid any tunes which smack of "old standards", believing that residents enjoy a good mixture of tunes. "La Vie en Rose" does not, in my mind, fall into that category. I play it a lot, mainly because I enjoy it. My playlist is never compiled with "worthiness" in mind. It is ba...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Greetings from South Central Pennsylvania, USA
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Greetings from South Central Pennsylvania, USA

Hello Blake,

Some details of my "Bellowed Adventures" may be found on the "Accordion Chat" thread, under the title "Geriatric Fun." It is nowhere near to being a complete account of my "adventures", but it may serve to introduce you to one important activity.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Sally, Confession time ........ I am an old romantic myself. To me, that is what music is all about. I can't stand this bloody Gangsta Rap rubbish ..... Who the hell wants to listen to garbage like that? Love makes the World go round, and songs which explore this condition in a soft and gentle ma...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: The Pub
Topic: What did you play before the accordion?
Replies: 21
Views: 548

Re: What did you play before the accordion?

Hi Blake,

My eldest daughter played Cello in a Youth Orchestra. When she first started, she brought the instrument home. Her practice was relentless, causing me to find jobs that needed doing in the garden. We had a lovely garden.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Accordion Makes & Models
Topic: 32-Bass
Replies: 8
Views: 282

Re: 32-Bass

Hello Marina, I own a 120 Bass accordion which is actually lighter than my 72 Bass one. The accordion function that you intend visiting sounds very interesting, and I imagine that you will receive some very good advice from the other attendees. Who knows? You may bump into someone who has a nice lit...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: New on Here?
Topic: Greetings from South Central Pennsylvania, USA
Replies: 7
Views: 172

Re: Greetings from South Central Pennsylvania, USA

Hello Blake,

Welcome to the forum.

I feel sure that you will enjoy the forum, and hope to read about your progress in the future.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Sally, My very eclectic musical tastes include Al Jolson. I have two or three CD's of his music, and the song you mention is featured on two of them. He wrote it for his parents, or so I have been told. Perhaps I should tag it onto the end of my list of tunes to learn. All The Best, Sally. Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Fantini Fraud - Fantini Accordions - latest news.
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Fantini Fraud - Fantini Accordions - latest news.

Hello Dan, Thank you for your very well written account of your experiences with Fantini. I feel sure that the members of this forum will use your information wisely. As for other manufacturers in that region, prudence dictates that we should be at least a little wary. Of course, there is also the m...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Kim, Thank you for your comment, and for all the effort you put into entertaining our senior citizens (of which I am one.) My repertoire is very similar to that of your own, though Knees Up Mother Brown does not feature in my performances. "La Vie en Rose" always goes down a storm, as does "The R...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Biggest Accordion
Replies: 7
Views: 273

Re: Biggest Accordion

Hi Phil,

It's not the size that matters ........ it's what you do with it. (Or so I am told)

The accordion that Jerry mentioned may have featured on this forum. I'm sure I've seen a photograph of it somewhere, and I can't think of anywhere else but here.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Phil, Though I refer to our little group as an ensemble, I now realise that this may be (unintentionally) misleading. We actually play as individuals, taking turns to entertain our audiences. Of course, we all join in with the communal singing, but that is the extent of our musical collaboration....
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Sally,

Yes, I read somewhere that there was a French version, though I haven't actually heard it.

Anyway, it is very tuneful, and that is what the oldies like.

Take Good Care,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi John, Should you ever again come across people who want to get rid of currency, please tell them to bring it to my house in a wheelbarrow. I will gladly relieve them of it, no questions asked. You Navy types !!! Splashing your cash around in foreign ports with not a care in the World. Cheers John...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi John, It comes as no surprise to me that you favour No:1. As a former Sailor and old Sea Dog yourself, I would have bet money on you choosing that song. Parrots, wooden legs and pieces of eight aside, "Sailor" is a very pleasant tune. As it was popular in 1961, I imagine that most people between ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hello Sally, One of our little ensemble plays a few wartime songs, including the Gracie Fields song about the girl who makes the thing that oils the ring, etc. That usually gets them rocking. My list may at first appear fairly random, but it compliments and expands on the sort of music I already pla...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Jozz,

Not a bad selection, I feel. The ones you think may be difficult to arrange can be safely left with a great friend of mine. He will make it happen, even if that means simplifying them a bit.

Kind Regards,

Stephen.
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Re: Geriatric Fun.

Hi Blanik, Firstly, and most importantly, belated birthday wishes. I'm pleased that you like my selection, and hope that you can find them on YouTube. It would take too long to explain how I arrived at this selection, except to say that they mesh very nicely with tunes I already play. One of the Car...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Accordion Chat
Topic: Geriatric Fun.
Replies: 27
Views: 704

Geriatric Fun.

Over the last few months, Brenda and I have taken on a number of new engagements. Our little ensemble now plays in a number of Care Homes, as well as at public/private initiatives for dementia sufferers. In total, this now adds up to nine public performances every month, and other organisations are ...