Friday, November 29, 2013

C'est Noël!



Now that Thanksgiving is past in the States, I feel okay drawing your attention to this CD by my Le Bon Truc colleague, mezzo-soprano Joëlle Morris. For this amazing collection of French Christmas songs, Morris is accompanied by pianist Bridget Convey. The whole thing was recorded at the Franco Center in Lewiston, Maine, a ridiculously good space for music. Click through to the bandcamp site in order to listen and buy.

(Apologies for the complete absence of accordéonaire content ... but I'm not really sorry, because this CD is that good.)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

L'Accordeonaire Tattoo

My kids are tattoo fiends of a sort. I've always thought I might like a tattoo if I could get the Right Thing. That thing, of course, is my accordion, the Saltarelle Pastourelle III. I wasn't just looking for a generic diato tattoo, it had to by My Box. My kids found an artist who could do such a thing and, as a gift, they paid for the below tattoo. The artist is Moonman Sam Hill, in Hallowell, Maine. I'll let the work speak for itself, but I am delighted by the R. Crumb illustrative quality of it. The words are, L'Autre Diatoniste, which is also the name of ... y'know ... my CD.

Picture by Julia Kimball

That dime is there to give you a sense of scale and level of detail. That's on the inside of my forearm.  Also, since everyone asks, yes, it hurt like a M*&^#r F*&^%r.