Pic du Jour: Accordion Player, Rome

I had an accordion forced upon me at an early age. I wanted to play guitar, but my parents insisted I be a good little Slovenian-American boy and bought me a squeeze box. I was never very good, and peaked in the fourth grade. Certainly not as good as this gentleman, plying his trade around the tourist trap restaurants near Rome’s Termini train station.

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Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 776th straight, was taken in Rome, Italy, on 09 July 2008.

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  1. Manja Mexi Movie says

    Ahhh. Lovely mental image of you playing No pivo today! 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      And other similar classics. 🙂

  2. ladieswholunchreviews says

    Love the picture! I never played, thank you, God, but one uncle played accordion and one a clarinet at pretty much every Czech family function growing up, including my sister’s wedding! Especially after they had enough beer…

  3. Jeffrey Zablow says

    Memories. That’s the music that we used to have at social gatherings in Brooklyn when I was a kid. I’ve not seen one played in years . . . .

    1. Bob R says

      In years? You need to hang out in different New York clubs. I’m sure there’s one being played somewhere in NYC every night. 😉

  4. paula graham says

    ha, ha, my brother did, and he hated it!! Super picture

  5. Kiri says

    My first husband had an accordion forced on him at a young age for no cultural reason I can discern. It was not a factor in our divorce however 😉

    1. ladieswholunchreviews says


    2. Bob R says

      The main problem for me wasn’t the instrument itself — it was that I wasn’t exposed to good accordion music when I was younger. There are Zydeco masters and musicians here in the Balkans that can make their accordions sing the sweetest sounds.

      1. Kiri says

        I don’t think it’s the easiest instrument to learn at the best of times.

  6. Anonymous says

    Peaked in the 4th grade. 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      But fortunately, not in everything. 🙂

  7. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says

    I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the accordion players. Accordion is the new guitar.

  8. GeorgieMoon says

    Great photo, I have a soft spot for the accordion, it must be amazing to play one!

  9. Jean Reinhardt says

    He looks very familiar, I think I saw him at the Termini in Rome when I was there a few years ago.

  10. capejohn says

    My mothers side of the family is Polish. Need I say anything more than roll out the barrel. 120 effin bass keys. I wish I know the phrase WTF back then. My first piano lesson was a riot. My teacher reached for book 1 of basic piano and I started playing from an advanced sheet that was in front of me, only the treble side. Once I tried to place the bass chords it sounded like a cat walking across the keys. He reached for book one again, and said, “you ready to learn piano?”

    1. Bob R says

      Excellent. So how has your piano career played out?

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