(darn you wordpress and your disdain for embedding non-you-tube video)
No matter how long I watch this, I still find it so hard to reconcile the agile Buster Keaton of the 1920’s with the older, pack-a-day voice he possesses in his later years. Did he always talk like that? I would love so much to see some footage of him with sound from 1927. But I’m guessing that didn’t exist then… Still – a great glimpse into Mr. Keaton’s world.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my own acquisition of a new addition to my accordion world. Guenadiy Lazarov at the Accordion Gallery in Landing, NJ (about an hour west of the city) is to thank/blame. A slightly used PanItalia Quint Convertor is now in my possession and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re into that sort of thing, I can’t recommend Guenadiy highly enough. He’s a beautiful guy, has a doctorate in Physics, and is a great repairman on the complicated inner workings of these lovely instruments. Not quite as aggressive of a salesperson as Anne over there, which is a good thing, I must say. He puts an accordion in your lap, and then leaves the room. That’s him below giving the final once-over on the bass mechanism of my new baby.