So, I just had one of the weirdest dreams ever. After the Thin Man was just playing on TV, I was sleeping in my chair, and the dream scenes were happening in accordance with the movie's audio. I'm in a big house, and Nick and Nora are there. There's a huge basement which has recently been revamped, and a big party is going on down there. Someone is murdered in the basement, the cops show up, and I'm looking for my Canon digital camera so I can take a shot of the one of the many elegant rooms down there--one of the thirty or so beyond a passage behind the furnace. Nick is sitting at a table, being comforted by a woman who is not Nora, and he's somehow suspected in the crime, but he takes the situation casually. When he's cleared, he responds with a shrug.
That's the problem with weird dreams. They don't sound nearly as weird as they actually were when you describe them. It's like, "I had this really strange dream. I was driving a car." "And?" "I was driving a car. Very weird." "Driving a car is weird?"
I bought this ten-selection Christmas EP expecting "fake hit"-style tracks, but everything's accordion and percussion. The eBay ad either didn't mention the nature of the music, or I failed to read the full description. "Produced by Pietro Deiro Publications," says the label, Pietro Deiro having been a famous and influential accordionist of the early 1900s. I have some acoustical Victor 78s by him that I haven't gotten around to hearing.
I deduced that it was an instructional record, but I could have avoided the task of deduction by reading all the way to the bottom of the tiny print--"Instructional record to be used only with accompanying text." So, please don't use this record. Download it, listen to it, but don't use it without the accompanying text. I don't have the text, but eBay to the rescue, providing us with images:
Includes the record, too. $14.99. I'll pass, since I don't have an accordion. The disc is fun listening--more entertaining than you might imagine. Listen, enjoy. Just don't use without the booklet.
Arrangements by Pietro Deiro, Jr.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR: Pietro Deiro Publications Christmas
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
A Merry Merry Christmas
Jingle Bell Roll
When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
The Night Before Christmas Song
The Santa Claus Parade
Everyone's a Child at Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer--Christmas Selections (No, 913, MO8H-3055/56)