Thursday, June 23, 2005

A fond memory of Kyiv 

Scott Clark is blogging in Ukraine with someone playing a Ukrainian accordion outside his flat. I love old Ukrainian folk music, and I'm pretty sure he's listening to a harmoshka. I recall it seeming more like a concertina than an accordion. There was an open-air restaurant in the park below Marinskyy palace in Kyiv where I ate once, and they had one of these. Gorgeous sound.

One of these days I picture Mitch Berg with a bandura. Maybe he can grow a handlebar mustache to complement. It has been my pleasure lately at church to sing with a band that recently added a wonderful mandolin and violin player, but a bandura? That would be to die for.