Accordion Culture is based on Contests. Championship Contests – much like sports.
Who comes in First of course is the Champion – whether its the World Champion, The U.S.
Champion or the Whatever Champion.
Sometimes the term, Champeen, is used.
There are those who come in Second and Third – they get trophies – but they are not Champions – or Champeens.
WHAT ABOUT LAST PLACE?
Ever watch a marathon? – and the final runner still running while practically every one has gone home or partying? He or She just wants to make it to the end – to run the course – personal best
and proud to be a part of it – as St. Paul says – “I fought the good fight. I have kept the Faith”.
That’s the RED LANTERN WINNER – LAST PLACE – A LAST PLACE WINNER
We have RED LANTERN ACCORDIONISTS – The backbone of the industry – in it for the long
haul – signed up for the whole ride – putting other’s interests first – working for the betterment of
WE DEDICATE THIS WEEKEND TO THE RED LANTERN ACCORDIONIST – MAY HIS OR HER LIGHT SHINE BRIGHT!!
Are you crying yet?
OK – We got the maudlin s*** out of the way – now let’s get down to the real deal of it.
THE RED LANTERN ACCORDIONIST doesn’t think too much about making a difference.
He or She already has – by constantly showing up and working.
THE RED LANTERN ACCORDIONIST doesn’t think too much about His or Her relevance.
Too busy helping others – including those who think they are.
THE RED LANTERN ACCORDIONIST is not concerned about making history every time
He or She takes a breath or makes an excrement – much too busy in the mere doing of their art,
and trying to improve it – and yours as well.
THE RED LANTERN ACCORDIONIST can be a bit cynical at times – He or She knows a little too much – been around a bit – knows that their days are numbered and wants to make the most of them – some quietly – some with a vengeance.
RED LANTERN ACCORDIONISTS never quite know whether they have won or lost the good fight – even at the end – and neither did St. Paul – or Don Quixote – or any warrior worth mentioning.
He or She has totally obliterated themselves – understands the value of the Third Banana – is tempered like steel – has been through the fire – and came out it wounded, vulnerable and stronger than an ox – a work horse – a mule.
RED LANTERN ACCORDIONISTS are kind – happy and a bit sad – and not to be f***** with.
THERE IS NO LOGICAL REASON TO BECOME A RED LANTERN ACCORDIONIST
RED LANTERN ACCORDIONISTS ARE CALLED
DON’T QUITE KNOW
THEY FEEL THE CALL
OF A DIFFERENT WINNING
OF HARD LABOR
OF DOING HARD TIME
FOR NO REASON
OTHER THAN TO DO IT
AS BEST AS THEY CAN
BECAUSE THEY CAN
IF YOU ARE ONE OF THEM
THIS IS YOUR TIME
OTHERS ARE WELCOME TOO
AS LONG AS YOU BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK
BUT THE FOCUS WILL BE – RED LANTERN
SHINE AWAY – CHAMPEEN!
DON’T BE A POLLYANNA! AVOID BOUNCY BOUNCY BOUNCE!!