Excel! 1: Säkkijärven Polkka

Beauty comes in many forms. Watch this master of the accordion.

I was reminded of this hilarious clip last night, when I passed an old street musician with a big lump in his neck. I heard a couple of tunes from Säkkijärven Polkka and biked closer. But as I stood behind him, fascinated by his lump, I realized he had just put together short sequences that sounded a little bit like Säkkijärven Polkka here and there. I guess that’s the way a lot of popular street music evolve between all those poor street musicians. You end up with a tune that has been xeroxed a thousand times and only bears a slight resemblance to the original, which I just had to listen to as soon as I came home!

One thought on “Excel! 1: Säkkijärven Polkka

  1. And he plays it! He is actually able to perform! He does not just cause some noises &/or sounds then has to enhance and re-create them electronically, etc. NICE!

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