Do accordians make you ache? Do polkas make you puke? Congratulations, you're in the majority! Accordians have gotten a bad rap for a long time. They have been called "Squeeze Box" and "Wheeze Box". But that's nothing compared to what conservative Christians called organs when they were first introduced into churches. "The Devil's Box Of Whistles". No kidding! The currant church instrument causing angst and division is the drums. Too heavy metal! Too loud! Argh! We love drums and even have a set of electric ones. But back to the much maligned accordian. My husband is a good player (No polkas, ever! We hate them). How could this have come about? When he was in 7th grade, his music teacher wanted him to play french horn. His dad (a conservative preacher) told him to forget it. Much too worldly. It might lead to after school activities, even band! Who knew what bad influnces could be lurking there? So, accordian lessons, several years of them. On the bright side, at least it wasn't bagpipes! My husband is now an accomplished accordian player, and also plays lovely piano. He plays in our church, also at funerals and in nursing homes. Everyone loves piano, but only old people like accordian. Accordians are the heavy metal of the nursing home set. They totally dig it. We're now giving the little ones tiny toy accordians and teaching them before they realize what's going on. Shhh, don't tell them quite yet.
"David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps, and cymbals." 1 Chron. 15:16