What do you think of when you think of the accordion? Me personally, I think of some sort of polka music. Something along the lines of this:
The fact of the matter is that accordions have been around since the early 19th century, and their use is fairly widespread across the world in all kinds of different musical styles. While you don’t commonly hear them in today’s pop music, that doesn’t mean they can’t be used in that capacity.
For example, let’s take Taylor Swift‘s song Shake It Off:
If you’re not already familiar with that tune, I bet you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years. Swift’s whole 1989 album has proven to be awfully cover-able, with Ryan Adams releasing his own cover of the entire album a couple years ago. This was his take on Shake It Off:
Quite a different take, but still a great song, right?
I found another pretty different take on Shake It Off that I really enjoyed and wanted to share with you. Alicia Baker is a talented accordionist who created her own Latin jazz-style arrangement of the song and shared it on YouTube:
Beautiful, isn’t it? If watching her play made you think “Jeez, the accordion looks complicated,” well… That’s because it is:
And as we recently found out… It’s actually pretty good for covering Darude‘s Sandstorm too.