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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

Mama’s Got A Squeeze Box She Wears On Her Chest

My advice to aspiring entertainers has always been pretty straightforward: Give any audience a compelling reason to pay attention to you. It’s really just that simple. A trainwreck is as good as a Traviata in this respect. Cut a fart and stick out your hand and say ta-daa. But don’t just stand there.

If all else fails, you can always buy one of those pianos with emphysema, and a plus-size bustier. 

Those Darn Accordions

(Thanks to that deaf, dumb, and blind kid, Vanderleun, for sending that along)

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  1. I have had the dubious pleasure of seeing "Those Darn Accordions" live a few years ago. They were the opening act for "Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks". They did put on a good show. Trouble was the venue – which was a casino here in No California. They don't allow smoking in the show room but it is a 1/2 walled off area from the game room where people go to do nothing but smoke (and throw their money away). My poor eyes were stuck shut from the smoke. The accordion is the only instrument I had lessons to play. Never advanced it the art but I don't think the world has lost much. Thank you for posting.

  2. April 13 2012
    Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
    White River
    Junction, VT
    Tupelo Music Hall

    April 14 2012
    Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
    Fall River, MA
    Narrows Center

    April 15 2012
    Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
    Brownfield, ME
    Stone Mountain
    Arts Center

    April 18 2012
    Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
    Ogunquit, ME

    April 19 2012
    Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
    Londonderry, NH
    Tupelo Music Hall

  3. Hmm.

    OK, I lied. I wouldn't cross the street to see the Statue of Liberty rolerskate naked. Dan Hicks will have to soldier on without me.

    I did once leave the house to go see a notable person from Seattle that was in Boston. Look how that turned out.

  4. Sipp,
    This might(?) be tacky, but it's heartfelt.
    In other words,
    if I could do it, you can do it.

    Your blog is a treasure so I am passing along an award to you, The Liebster Blog Award. It originated in Germany and recognizes up and coming bloggers. It is meant to showcase those who have fewer than 200 followers. (Liebster means "favourite" or "dearest" in German.) This is done in the spirit of pay-it-forward. In accepting this award, the recipient agrees to:

    • Thank the person that gave them the award and link back to their blog

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    • Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award and let them know by commenting on their blog

    Please grab your badge the Leibster badge at my site and continue this lovely award process!
    Happy New Year!

  5. Around here, I think that band was known as Doug and the Hot Nuts…


    but I could be wrong.

    I loved that crazy song, "Momma's Got a Squeeze Box."

    There is a Far Side cartoon, a split, and on one side it reads, "Welcome to Heaven, here's your harp" on the other, it reaads, "Welcome to hell, here's your accordion."

    That's all I got.

  6. “A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.”
    — Tom Waits
    (Alas, I am no gentleman.)

  7. Oh I don't know, BJ. I wouldn't mind Alison Kraus in that mood. Call me a man of low morals, but I'd sing it that way if I could hit it.

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