Yesterday I stopped for lunch at my local pizza place here in New Jersey.
The proprietor spotted my belt buckle which is in the shape of a saxophone(my former instrument, maybe I'll play again soon) and asked me if i played.
I told him yes, but not the saxophone.
I explained that I played that in a former life and that I was now attempting to play the concertina.
He made all sorts of gestures with his hands (and face) to get me confirm that he knew what a concertina was.
Surprisingly, I think he had some sort of an idea of what the instrument was.
Then he told me that he was looking for an "act" to perform in front of his pizza place next week on the night of the big town Christmas welcome celebration.
He said he'd pay me to play.
Wow, my first offer to make money playing the concertina (or saxophone for that matter).
What an idea.
I stopped and thought about it and while contemplating my standing on the brink of fame, he said something like "Yeah, you can maybe play that thing and maybe bring a monkey with you to dance while you play", then he used his hands to indicate that maybe he all of a sudden thought that a concertina was a different instrument, as he played air hurdy gurdy.
i have been approached by other folks (mostly my neighbors) who have mentioned monkeys when I tell them that i play the concertina and all thought it would be a great idea if I had one sit on my shoulder or dance while I played.
Maybe they were actually thinking that a monkey would play better than me and i could dance and hold out a tin cup!
Anyway, the question is, why do many folks think of monkeys as going hand in hand with concertinas?
Hurdy Gurdys, yes, but I don't think I've seen too many images of monkeys with concertina players.
Can anyone shed any light on the concertina/monkey connection??
Also, now that i think about it, i'm under the impression that the pizza proprietor must have actually been thinking about an accordion,not a concertina to go with his Italian food. Too bad i have'nt mastered any musette type music but the idea of sitting on the street when it's 20 degrees and destroying myself and my Wheatstone does not sound very appealing anyway.
Then again, maybe i should investigate what the local union pay scale is!
Oh yeah. and can anyone tell me where I can get a concertina belt buckle?
Edited by Perry Werner, 24 November 2004 - 07:12 PM.