In the continuing effort of the American Treasure Tour blog to share joy with you during this festive time of year, we have decided to not only share some of our knowledge with you, but give you some gift ideas for that special someone who has everything. Maybe the one thing they don't have but truly need is ... an accordion!
Accordions are actually reed instruments that require their players to work a bellows to be able to create sound. Coordination is essential, as musicians must pump the bellows while working the keys, buttons, or whatever else has been constructed into the instrument. Once perfected, accordions offer distinct, often playful, music that complements virtually any type of music, from the playful ditties of modern bands like They Might Be Giants to oompa bands that conjure memories of the German heartland of the late-19th century. Of course, if you would rather share the joy of the accordion without compelling someone to learn how to play it, just bring them to the American Treasure Tour. We have a few Dance Hall Organs dominated by the instrument that we can play for you, no experience necessary.
What famous accordionist is also a famous parody musician, gently mocking the songs ranging from the Knack ("My Sharona") to Michael Jackson ("Bad")?
a) Frankie Yankovic
b) Gogol Bordello
c) John Mellencamp
d) "Weird Al" Yankovic
e) Frank Sinatra
The Nobel Peace Prize was first established in 1901 to recognize men and women who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." The first American president to ever receive this prestigious award was Teddy Roosevelt, who did so on this date in 1906, for his efforts to establish a lasting peace to end the Russo-Japanese War.
Today we recognize the birth of the American actress Susan Dey, who will be 61 years old. Dey is most familiar as Laurie Partridge, the attractive older sister on the television show The Partridge Family. Unlike many child actors, Dey avoided type casting after this popular program was cancelled after four seasons, in 1974, and went on to play assistant district attorney Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law between 1986 and 1992. Dey has kept a low profile since L.A. Law, but we can hope she enjoys her big day with her family.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. -- Teddy Roosevelt
Answer: d) "Weird Al" Yankovic, of course. His first album was released in 1983, and he has continued making music ever since, most recently releasing "Alpocalypse" in 2011.