June is National Accordion Awareness Month (NAAM). Established in 1989, National Accordion Awareness Month was designed to help spread the word about the resurgence in popularity of the accordion and to educate people about the accordion. According to Wikipedia,
Accordions (from 19th-century German Akkordion, from Akkord – “musical chord, concord of sounds”) are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist.
In my book Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry, I included the poem Grandpa’s Squeezebox Rendezvous that I will share in celebration of National Accordian Awareness Month.
Grandpa’s Squeezebox Rendezvous
by Kym Gordon Moore
Reeds vibrating inside a wooden box
keys and valves open for unrestricted air
melodies maintaining tonal quality and sound
pleated bellows articulate clear tones.
Stories of my grandfather playing his accordion
squeezebox serenading a soiree for song and dance
buttonboards or piano-style keyboards sing with glee
differing in pitches from applied pressure in a stance.
Oh my granddaddy, a one-man band
a wooden porch was his Broadway stage
entertaining his guests with the sounds of folk music
a free concert for everyone at any age.