Back in 2019 BC (before Covid), there was a shindig called the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration, every June in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington. Accordion players would come from around the world to compete, play concerts, attend workshops, and generally have lots of fun. There were competitions for all age groups, from under 10 years old to over 70.
One of the types of competition was the Band competition, for groups of three or more with at least one accordion. In 2019, one of the groups was a little family of Mom, Dad, and two kids. They won the competition handily, and the organizers thought they should perform their band piece for the wider audience. For some reason, I thought about them tonight, and for your listening and viewing pleasure, here is the Alligator Waltz, played by the Eyer Family of Spokane, Washington.
Just for fun, I went over to YouTube and searched for others performing this piece, and found a couple of Cajun groups. Both the groups made a very significant pause between the two syllables of alligator, just like the wonderful family above. I hope you enjoy them. If you don’t have anything else to smile about today, you do now.