The First Ever Southern England Chromatic Button Accordion Rally
Saturday 7th October 2017 near Didcot Oxfordshire
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Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by losthobos » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:05 pm

Johnny Meijer slurred his whole life...now that's style....
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by JerryPH » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:01 pm

Now, that you mention it, here is a great little video about Johnny Meijer!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaWySvyjMkA" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by maugein96 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:44 pm

Jerry,

Unfortunately the opening shot is typical. Hard drinking was his downfall. He drank his way out of career opportunities, friendships, and most other things in life. His only trusted companion in later life was his dog.

A local couple sort of took him under their wing and the guy, a plumber by day, used to drive Johnny to venues and accompany him on bass at night. His bass playing was pretty dire and Johnny used to call out the chord progressions to him in a very derogatory manner. One "fan" asked Johnny why such a great accordionist put up with a poor bass player. Johnny's answer was "Yes, he's crap, but he has a car!". That's how bad things were, and it was sad that he ended up the way he did.

His old Accordiola is still doing the rounds somewhere, treble buttons all out of alignment, missing bass buttons, cigar ash burns, the lot. According to the Jordaan folklore in Amsterdam his son, Cor, apparently sold it for drugs money when his father died, but it turned up again some time later. I've seen it being aired on You Tube once or twice, but cannot remember who the player was.

He actually won the title "Roi de l 'Accordeon" in Paris in 1953, but in later life couldn't even be bothered to speak about it.

Johnny Meijer. Yet another guy who tragically proved that the content of the bottle is often stronger than the constitution of man.
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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by Matt Butcher » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:46 pm

Love it (the recording of la vie en Rose I mean), it really is all coming together, I love the turnarounds/lead-ins, I love the way the extra harmonies are also feeding into the rhythm.

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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by dan » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:19 am

Thanks for inspiring me to try Jitterbug Waltz again! I've been working with Jean-Yves Sixt's technique videos and this tune made a lot more sense to me after practicing some two-finger drills.
I play this with index and middle finger, and think about the arrangement of buttons in the major scale rather than intervals or finger motions. Who knows if that strategy has any relevance beyond this tune and my brain, but it was a Eureka moment for me. :D
I'm also cheating by looking at the white buttons. My box has no tactile cues.
My version. Apologies for the unsuccessful improv bit at the end.

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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by dan » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:20 am

Great job with La Vie en Rose

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Re: Jitterbug Waltz / la vie en rose...

Post by losthobos » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:21 pm

Yo you got it Dan...different words same meaning...keep on enjoying...
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