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April 21, 2013


Meeting Notes

If last Sunday’s WMAS meeting could be faulted for anything, it is that it left us totally unprepared for the horrors of the week to come. The day was perfect. Too cold, followed by too hot, weather had given way to just the right amount of heat and sun, but even so, people were willing to spend part of their day inside. The room filled with people who know Ken Kunec’s ability to make us laugh, sing, and just plain drop our pretensions. His concert of “Love Songs, Fun Songs, and Singalongs” did all of that. Ken is one of the few in our group who can sing and play at the same time, and we’ve watched him develop this talent over the years.

A new member, Halina Banas-Jones, accepted our offer to serve as musician-greeter, and she really set the tone for the day. We heard Halina for the first time at our February meeting, and we look forward to hearing a lot more from her.

But back to the week just past for a second. We hope you and your families stayed safe. Bombings, explosions, and earthquakes remind us that life can change suddenly in a world where the beautiful and the monstrous live side by side. Let’s make the most of our time while we’re here, and let’s make as much music as we can!

Ken finished his program (see playlist below) with these words:

“Yesterday’s history
Tomorrow’s a mystery
Today’s a gift; that's why they call it the present.”


Next Month

We look forward to hearing Lou Coppola, former U.S. Air Force accordionist, at the May 19 meeting. Lou spent almost three decades with the Air Force, and now he performs most Sundays at National Harbor. In the second half of his concert Lou will be joined by a violinist and bass player. Please plan to bring your accordion because we will have a play-along afterwards. (Usual time and place: 4 pm at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, Virginia).


Upcoming Event: An invitation to hear Mary Tokarski on May 4 from Joan Grauman

Hi Everyone,

I am pleased to invite you to the first concert in a beautiful new venue in historic Middletown, Maryland, on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature world-renowned accordionist Mary Tokarski, who will amaze and delight all with her incredible skills!

A good friend from our Frederick, Maryland, neighborhood (Worman’s Mill), Dot Donato, has renovated an old church and has created a delightful music studio and concert venue, in Middletown, just 25 minutes from the heart of Frederick.

Dot will be requesting a $12 donation ($4 for students) for the concert and the reception following.

May 4 will be Frederick’s annual May Fest, so I hope you will spend the whole day in our neck of the woods, enjoying activities taking place across the lovely, historic downtown area. Then, hop in the car and enjoy the gorgeous mountain vistas on your way to Middletown. Both Frederick and Middletown boast excellent restaurants.

Hope to see you on May 4! For more information, you can contact me at (301) 662-0203 or Dot Donato at (301) 524-0902. Click here to see the flyer.



Ken’s Playlist

Granada (warmup)
The Girl with Gardenias in Her Hair (Marty Robbins)
Minnie the Moocher (Cab Calloway)
Side by Side parody
One Child Born (Laura Nyro)
O’Reilly Is Dead
The Belle of Belfast City
You Don’t Know Me (Eddy Arnold)
When the Volcano Blows (Jimmy Buffett)
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel)
Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Paul Simon)
Jambalaya (Hank Williams)
La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf et al)