In Paris one day I found a wall devoted to Edith Piaf, full of paintings, stencils, excerpts of her songs, etc. As any graffitied wall it has disappeared since. This musician playing accordion belonged to it. Beyond Piaf, it symbolizes “les bals populaires” or “bal musette” local dance open to the public (if we may translate) so famous at the turn of the XXth century. I just learned accordion was introduced through the Italian diaspora. These dances and this kind of music slowly gave way to anglo-saxon music, rock’n roll, night clubs and television… at the start of the 60’s.
Music in itself is probably not alwas jubilant but accordion is!