Friday, August 1, 2008

Accordions Aren’t Just For Geeks

SUPERIOR, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Accordions aren’t really all that geeky of an instrument.

So says Helmi Harrington, curator of the World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, which houses 1,200 rare accordions from around the world, including one shaped like the Cheshire Cat and concert class accordions worth up to $50,000 each.

According to Harrington, accordions have gotten a bad rap thanks to famous nerds like Steve Urkel, who make it seem like only dweebs get down on the instrument.

She says, “It’s very absurd. Accordions are beloved throughout the world. The only place that has given it a humorous connotation is America.”

Harrington says there are nine million accordion players in the United States right now, with many of them in cool rock bands, which she says further disproves the geek stereotype.

But even if nerds do play the accordion, people should appreciate it because the instruments, “Make happy music that makes people around it happy.”

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