by wjw on February 27, 2014

I’m in one of those dark Nordic moods, and so I need to listen to soul music, which— given my heritage— would be Maria Kalaniemi, virtuoso accordion player, and her composition “Skimningspolskan.

Listen closely, close your eyes, and you can just about see the dancing dwarfs lurching to the music on the shores of the mist-shrouded lake.


Arno February 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

Well, as for the music, tastes differ. Personally, I am a bit allergic to accordion, which one has to hear a lot in Finland.

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Jerry March 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

Wow. Whenever someone said “accordion,” it USED TO BE that I’d immediately brace myself for “Lady of Spain.” Wow.

wjw March 3, 2014 at 4:42 am

Jerry, there’s a collection called “Squeezebox Planet” that has the most AMAZING accordion music, much of it from Africa.

Arno, I grew up in a Finnish-American environment with accordions all around me. But none of them were as good as THIS.

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