25,000 Visits! Thank you!

Last week, I had a minor celebration as the hits ticker crossed over the 25K line. For a blog like this one, covering an instrument and music genre that could both be described as obscure, that’s pretty danged good. The title of the blog – a French-ish word that doesn’t actually exist – came from an album I put out in 2003. I created this blog just as a space to explore my fascination and to find others interested in doing the same. It worked!

Some facts that you might find interesting:

  • I’ve been averaging about 70 hits a day, though there are spikes when a new piece goes up. There are always a few bots hitting the page, though. At one point, a bot on a friend’s blog took aim at mine and my page a few hundred times over a week. I have no idea why anyone would do that.
  • The top referring site, by far, is melodeon.net, followed by concertina.net. Many of the pieces that I’ve written here, have started out as a conversation on one of those boards.
  • “Frédéric Paris” is the number one search term that leads here.  “Lõõtspill” is number ten.
  • Through this whole process, Andy from Vermont, has been a great ally, support, and resource. Thank you, Andy!

This blogging stuff has been a blast, and has inspired me to play more then ever. I appreciate the readers, and will endeavor to continue giving satisfaction. I’m hoping to do an interview with Sylvain Piron, and, fingers crossed, Jean Blanchard. I missed an opportunity when I recently had my Saltarelle worked on and forgot to ask the fettler to take pictures, so I’m hoping to take a pilgrimage to The Button Box and talk extensively with the folks there.

Again. Thanks, everyone.

La Bourrée (Last Tunes)

I originally published this in batches, but the entire tunebook can be found here.

Here are the last three pages of the proper tunebook portion of “La Bourrée.” After these, there’s an extensive essay on the history of the bourrée — it goes into François I and Catherine de Medici — and some tutorial material on dance. All of it will be posted here. I find the illustrations from the book charming, and will do a post dedicated to them. For the tune hounds out there, Steve Mansfield is putting together an ABC file of the dots, which I’ll link to when it’s available.  In addition, I’ll put all of these images into a PDF and post them as a permanent page. Thanks for hanging with me to this point.

Ancient Auvergnate Postcards

Over on the Facebook Accordéon Diatonique page, participant Gege L’auvergnat pointed me to some research sites around Auvergne related themes. This one is a photo blog featuring en cartes ancien postales.  It’s a beautiful series, featuring folks dancing to mostly pipes and hurdy gurdy (only one accordéon pic).  Here are two of them:

Click here to check out the rest.