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The Roadie Years
Sir George Martin
and Bonus Audio
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audio is NOT POSSIBLE, but if you get streaming, congratulations! In
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Q: Why have you done this?
A; I love the Beatles. I love the Accordion. I love music.
Q: Is it hard?
A: Yes. I had to transpose songs, listen to songs over and over, consult
(often-incorrect) music books, and rehearse for hours on end, to achieve
the results you are hearing. I also had to learn how to build websites and
do graphic design, which is an ongoing process. But I think it's been worthwhile,
and I hope you'll agree!
Q: Where can I buy or repair an accordion?
A: In the U.S. I recommend The
House of Musical Traditions. In Canada, check out Musical
Instruments of Canada, also known as Accordions Canada, in Toronto.
Check your Yellow Pages under "Music" and call around. Check the
classified ads. Go to yard sales. Ask people at work. Talk to your friends.
But DON'T let them try to dissuade you!
Q: Where can I get sheet music?
A: Once again, in the U.S., check out HMTrad. In Canada, I like Dave Snider Music in Toronto.
Q: How much is my accordion worth?
A: Whatever you can get! Try HMTrad, they might be able to help if you can
supply them with images of your accordion.
In your local area, try calling music stores that sell accordions.
Q: Do you get fan mail?
A: I have received fan mail from every corner of the earth, some 68 countries
or so. The people who take the time to send email are mostly happy about
what I've done. They are either accordion fans or Beatles fans, and often,
fans of both the accordion and The Beatles. Surprising?
I've heard from a lot of accordionists and former accordionists, many of
whom played a few Beatles songs themselves. I've had a lot of inquiries
regarding when I would have a CD out, and now I'm happy to say, I have one
One of the most memorable fan mails I ever had... from a lady who was in
hospital for heart surgery, and her sister in law had brought a laptop to
the hospital and showed her my site. She was happy about being up and being
able to see it. That one kind of stands out...
Surprisingly, I've had email from young hipsters who actually think the
accordion is 'whack', 'dope', 'phat', and 'kickin'! Can you believe it?
I thank everyone who has taken time to send me a personal message, and I
endeavour to respond to each and every one!
Send me your thoughts!
Q: Do you get hate mail?
A: Sadly, yes. I've gotten only a few negative responses from accordion
traditionalists and Beatles dislikers alike, as well as accordion haters,
and Beatles lovers who think I'm insulting the Beatles. My message to these
folks: GET A SENSE OF HUMOUR!
Q: Has any of the Beatles ever seen your site or contacted
A: I can neither confirm nor deny this sort of idle speculation.
Q: What do you hope to get out of this?
A: Widespread notoriety and the sort of immortality that only show biz can
offer. A couple of bucks would be alright too.
Do you have a question that's not answered here?
Send it to me!