" These......instruments sometimes take on a vigorous life of their own which can defeat even the most determined practitioner. As well as contributing a varied repertoire of mechanical noises - clicks from the buttons, bumps from the bellows, and sudden rushes of air in tunes which stubbornly refuse to allow an equal quota of pushes and pulls - they can whisk the player off unawares along all kinds of unexpected and uncharted paths. Rather than standing four-square among their limitations, they turn the most predictable tune into a hair-raising adventure!"
- the Zulu people of southern Africa refer to the concertina as a "Squashbox"
- the ancestor of these instruments, the Chinese lu sheng, a kind of mouth organ, has been in existence for around two thousand years.
- Hitler hated the squeezebox and the Nazi party passed laws to prevent accordion bands from playing classical music.
- the blues songster Leadbelly played a simple melodeon. He called it a "windjammer".
- the word "squeezebox" is known in Welsh, but because the language is lacking in the letters Q, Z and X it is spelt "scwisbocs". Welsh also lacks the letter J, which is inconvenient for about half the population who bear the surname Jones.
PS - This is nothing to do with accordions but I've just been listening to the news on the radio. A spokesman for the Labour party has just accused the Conservative government of "sitting on their hands and twiddling their thumbs"! Must try that!