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Learning Christmas songs

Posted by Bruce Weeks on Saturday, November 25, 2006

    Well a few years ago I attempted this on the banjo and it came out pretty good.  This year I'm attempting 14 Christmas songs on the Cajun box.  I started a couple of days ago compiling a list of songs that will work on a diatonic accordion.  To my surprize or maybe not just about every song I've attempted to play has worked.  Well duh!  After I got to thinking about it, most of the songs has their origin in Europe, home of the little diatonic german accordion.  Everywhere I've played this little thing folks seem to enjoy the novelty of it.  I don't think it will ever replace the love I have for my banjo though.  Its fun, because its so different and a rare site and instrument in N Ga.  You have to travel down to Louisiana to even find anything like it.  Here in N Georgia we have a few hispanics that have brought their Tex-Mex boxes with them, but thats a whole different ballgame altogether.
     I love Christmas time, we always break out the Christmas music and do a couple of local shows somewhere around.        When I was a kid I loved the town I grew up in with all its 5 & 10 stores and christmas lights strewn across the street.  An old man who once was the mayor always road the firetruck downtown and lit the Christmas tree as Santa Claus, while one of the local choirs from a church would perform.  My mother worked 23 years at a 5 & 10 store and I use to get to decorate the large store windows with lights, sicles, and  ornaments.  It was always blast with all the candy, especially all those big red cherry Santa Claus suckers.  Yep it was small town America as her best.  We had big stars that stretched across the street from building to building and folks just seem to enjoy the time downtown.  Good ole memories from 35 years ago.  Bruce

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