Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Time to admit the truth.....

I am a closet aspiring musician. It's true. Making up in optimism for what I lack in talent I started to learn to play the melodeon about three years ago. I was lucky in that I come from a very musically talented family AND learned piano accordion as a child so I had a heads up........

I haven't had any lessons on my melodeon (referred to as a 'box' in England, but obviously not a great soubriquet here in Oz), just practising at home. However I am also a member of a fantastic online forum called which is like having a local folk club full of friendly experts and other aspiring learners to visit and get support and advice from.
I know the internet has it's downside, but really it is rather fabulous. has a monthly challenge called Tune of the Month, whereby members vote on a tune to learn during the next month and, hopefully, to post their version on the forum via video, sound file or whatever. This little tune 'Bear Dance' was the tune for January. I learned it in the last couple of days so my version is not exactly fab, but posting the ToTM's is one of my aspirations for this year so, crappy or not, I got the video up. Funnily enough as soon as I hit the 'capture' button on iMovie I get stage fright and stuff up so it took about 15 takes to get this minute or so of video. No audience or anything, just me and my Mac. What is that about. Oh well, it is good for the soul.

I humbly offer 'Bear Dance' .


  1. It's awesome mum. don't worry about the 'mac' fright, you just need to do it in front of people more. busking? =) xx

  2. That's AWESOME!!! Yes, busk :D Love the black tee, too - totally rock chick :D

    1. Thanks Yvonne! I think of you as a real friend these days and appreciate your comments :-)

  3. This is SO cool! Welcome to the world outside of the closet ;)

  4. Well done! I also get stage fright when the camera comes on, even though I've played on stage and on the sidewalk. All my little twiddly-bits go away when the camera is on!