Our New Little Squeeze!

Sarah RoseIf things have seemed a little slow around here lately, we (for once) have a good reason. Last Friday night, Anna gave birth to the newest member of the Let’s Polka team — a bouncing baby girl named Sarah Rose. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces, she’s everything we dreamed and more. And we’re already planning a trip to the local accordion shops so she can pick out her first box. Gotta start ’em young, I always say.

As you can imagine, our updates (and email response times) will be inconsistent over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any recommendations for soothing accordion music that a baby might enjoy during a feeding or changing, leave us a comment.


  1. Happy Valentines Day!
    Congratulations on your baby Sarah Rose.

  2. Aren’t we not supposed to bounce them so much any more? So what do we call them? “Supported with two hands baby girl?”

    Seriously, congratulations, and give her a little squeeze from the Accordion Noir jrs.

    “Pick her first box,” made me think of a box to put her in. Which would fit as a little crib, but don’t close the lid! You could get some odd pictures at a repair-shop… “This is what’s inside an accordion! No wonder they sound that way.”

    For lullabies, I love Maria Kalaniemi’s “Airbow” with violinist Sven Ahlbäck. Most simply beautiful of her records I think.

    Danielle Martineau’s (from Quebec) record “Les secrets du vent” is lovely. Very clear, and beautiful. Probably the most commented upon (“Who was that?”) recording we’ve played. http://www.qim.com/albums/description.asp?albumid=2679

    She also has a hard to find children’s record “Accordélidon,” which is a fun world-tour of the accordion. (I think I got my copy direct from her.)

    The Sinister Luck Ensemble’s “Anniversary” is an astonishingly good record. If Miles had liked accordion… http://www.sinisterluck.com/

    When she’s older, my kids like Annie Niepold’s “Gardadvergur” website (click on their address, then “intimacy,” to see the chickens). Great record too (so many young Belgian groups). http://www.anneniepold.be/

    That’s enough, you’re blessed busy. I should have these sent to you, not just give you the list! Let me know if you don’t have any of them.

  3. Congratulations!

    What a beautiful baby girl. Play her “Florette” from my CD, Olive Blossoms. Or for that matter, play “Olive Blossoms” for her. She’ll love it!

    Enjoy the new squeeze, but don’t do the bellows shake on her yet!


  4. Congrats Chris

    You realize that practise time also just got tossed out the window for a while too, right? :)
    But darlin baby, I shall put her the mother and you in my prayers…wishing all a healthy happy and musical long life :)

  5. Aw! She’s so sweet! Of course, I suggest anything They Might Be Giants. ;) “Here Come the 123s” just came out.

    Congratulations, Chris!

  6. Thanks for the congratulations and suggestions, everyone! I’m already putting together a special “Squeezing for Feedings” playlist for Sarah.

  7. Congratulations!

  8. We played you guys a few (of my recommended) tunes at the end of our latest “Tango” show. Should be up on the podcast this week.

    Get some sleep for me! (The lullabies are for you too.)

    bruce (dad of twins)