An Oom-Pah Evening

Posted by admin on August 22nd, 2010 filed in batman, general, photography

A short time after my grandma’s funeral, Mom flew back to Florida to spend more time with her father. While taking care of Grandpa, she rented an accordion (which she’d been wanting to learn) from a nearby shop to give her something to do while looking after him.

She had to fly back to Texas before the rental period ended, so the accordion has stayed here in the house since, and on a few of those days when watching TV and doing laundry isn’t enough to pass the time, I’d pick it up and try to figure it out.

I played “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “Jingle Bells” and even took a semi-successful crack at “San Antonio Rose” following an afternoon of having Patsy Cline stuck in my head. But, since it has to go back tomorrow, while waiting for Grandpa’s med-time to roll around this evening, I picked it up for one last round and worked out the melody – and some of the bass line chords – of “Oom-Pah-Pah” from Oliver! (with help from this guy).

Thankfully, Grandpa is nearly deaf, so me pumping out notes dug up from memory isn’t as painful for him as it would be for a healthy set of ears. Although I have no idea how or even if you can play the accordion quietly, Grandpa slept right through the whole practice session.

But I didn’t go completely without audience. Batman was there to help iron out the melody.


One Response to “An Oom-Pah Evening”

  1. Jim Says:

    Love the Pics!!!! You are so talented!!!

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