Monday, December 31, 2018

A Pietro Deiro Publications accordion Christmas

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)



Ernie said...

Oooh, that looks cool. Another book to keep an eye out for. :)

Buster said...

Darn - when I read the label I had imagined that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was playing Christmas Selections on the accordion. Instead it is Pietro Deiro, Jr. (apparently). Perhaps Rudolph is on percussion?

Lee Hartsfeld said...

That book would be fun to have. Well, with my millions of songbooks and sheets, maybe not, but nice to have with the disc. And, should it show up without the disc, I'm ready.

Maybe Pietro, Jr. performed in a Rudolph getup. Reindeer suit, red nose. The hoof portion limited his arpeggios, hence no "Carol of the Bells."

rev.b said...

When I was a kid I had a Victor 78 called American Polka by Pietro Derio A hundred + years ahead of the trend, the label listed him by his first name only; 'Pietro', just to confirm that didn't satrt with Madonna, Cher, Bobo, etc. When you're out of holiday mode, a post featuring Pietro sounds like a splendid idea. In any case, thanks for all the Christmas music and best wishes for a happy 2019!

Kwork said...

Interesting. Thank you very much!