Tonight my friend Jaimie showed me the Christmas gift she received from her fiancee: a beautiful little concertina. It was love at first sight. They’re such versatile instruments, and can make such lovely sounds regardless of whether you know what you’re doing or not. And they’re just pretty to look at.
I slipped my hands inside the leather straps and rested my fingers against the glossy buttons, expanding and contracting it slowly but firmly like the flapping wings of a bird, and when the sound was released somehow it felt like home. Oh, the beautiful music we could make together. Be mine, concertina, be mine!