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  1. Sometimes a musical or creative ability of any kind can emerge from nowhere; from the go as it were. But often there is usually already a past family member whom also cultivated the skills that can be recalled. In my own case [ visual arts aside] my Father [Jozef Gabrielow]- whose life was blighted by the war and tragedy, always recalled having a big accordion when he was in Europe [before escaping to Britain in war time].. He later on bought a Hohner button accordion [ in 1984] which he played for years in a very loud, and lively way; he never really got to reading music but played by ear a selection of partly made up tunes, and others based upon known melodies. I still have that accordion now in its own specially made box which I get out occasionally to keep it going the best I can. He also recorded an audio tape that goes on so long the tape runs out before he finished playing! My father used to tell me [ back in Poland] of his uncle playing a Dulcimer and fiddle. On my mother's very British side of family, there were people in Marines, and army who were musicians, and my great grandmother [ who never knew in life] played piano; a great aunt also, and grandmother, my grandfather played mouth organ! ..although my own mother [Betty] always recounted amusingly that she was once sent for piano lessons, but instead sat in town eating ice cream [piano just wasn't for her]! I wondered - how many others on this site also had creative family members in past; or even now? Attached is photo of my father Jozef playing his accordion in 1999.
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