Sunday, June 8, 2008

June Contest: Send me your best accordion joke!

I've decided to launch the official "Accordion Dreams" monthly contest.

So here's the June Contest:

Send me your best accordion joke. 

The Prize:  You'll be our guest at the Sauce Piquante show at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on June 17
(Or I'll mail you a free copy of our CD, Sauce Piquante Live.)

Deadline:  June 16

I'll post some of the good ones!

Here's one I heard from one of my teachers (Steve Riley, if you must know!)

Q:  How many Cajun accordion players does it take to change a light bulb?
A:  Six.  One to change the bulb, and five to stand back and say, "Oh, I can do that."

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Happy National Accordion Awareness Month!

Happy National Accordion Awareness Month!  
This strikes me as an auspicious time to launch my blog for "Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music."   Welcome!

In the past couple of weeks, I've passed a few milestones.  The fall-winter catalog from my publisher, the University Press of Mississippi, turned up in my mailbox.  There we were on page 3:  me and my accordion, along with a synopsis for the book.    The online booksellers now list "Accordion Dreams" for sale.  Bookstore signings are in the works.

And I still haven't seen the final page proofs. Or the cover!

It's been quite a journey, this path to publication, with seven months to go.  I'll be offering updates and other assorted reflections here.  Maybe a monthly contest, with some some free stuff as prizes.  You never know.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!