I’d been so busy over the past few weeks, what with Wendy’s birthday
and our engagement, that I hadn’t given any thought to attending
homecoming at Crazy Go Nuts University,
which took place this past weekend. On Saturday night at about 6 p.m.,
I went “Oh, what the hell,” threw my accordion into the car, ran a
couple of last minute errands and motorbootied down to Kingston.
A couple of hours later, I pulled into town, where I joined Eldon and
the gang from Science ’94, after which we went to the student ghetto to
check out the street party taking place on Aberdeen street. It turned
out to be a four-block long bacchanal, with the street blocked off from
traffic and packed with people. People began to yell “play something on
that accordion!” (one guy mistakenly called it a “banjo”), I broke out
the rock and roll, and that’s when the fun began. I snapped a few
The accordion: social hardware!
The crowd joined in and sang along. There are two videos you can check out:
- Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash [1.4 MB QuickTime]
- Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers [3.2 MB QuickTime]
Every other person seemed to have a digital camera, a
technology that wasn’t readily available during my years there (1987
through 1994). A zillion flashes went off in my face, and I spent half
my time playing “snowblind” and feeling the keys.
I was surprised to find that a number of the students, perhaps ten or so,
came up to me and said, “Hey Accordion Guy! I read your blog!” One girl
clung to my sleeve and tried to drag me to a party until her friend came up
to her and said “Don’t hit on the Accordion Guy! I read he’s engaged!”
Who needs social software when you have a blog and an accordion?