By the storytellers of the Huntington
Once upon a time there was an ex-marine named George.
He's from Rome.
He's got a bowtie and some type of uniform.
He's playing the accordion - the accordion is obviously from Italy (Santanelli).
He plays classical music - he plays "accordion" to the notes on the page.
He'll have trouble with those finger stops playin' the accordion.
He looks like he's in a park - he's looking at the camera.
It's summer and he's looking at a girl.
George is awfully keyed up for the performance.
He's performing for this girl that he's just met.
He's playing "I Love You Truly." He forgot his music though: he lost his mind when he looked at her.
George comes to play at the park every day - he normally plays for the Boston Symphony - he's on call.
George has been playing the accordion for a loooooong time: around 10-20 years.
He feels good about playing the accordion because he gets paid twice as much on Sunday - overtime.
He comes back to the Huntington in the fall - he plays the same song.
Before he came to the park, he shaved his beard, took lessons on the piano, he had a big meal, he washed his pits, brushed his teeth. He had to go to the barber and get trimmed up.
He had breakfast (he had to wash his hands before breakfast because he'd been playing the accordion).
He plays four hours a day - he really works at it.
It's the last thing he does before he goes to bed at night.
He starts to get sleepy after dinner.
After the park, he rests because he's tired from playing.
There's gonna be a program at the Huntington this afternoon and he's gonna play. It's his premiere special program.
The girl he is looking at is named Nellie. George was devoted to her.
Nellie makes accordions.
They play together at the park - there's a sandbox there.
It messes up his accordion - he grits his teeth.
Nellie fixes his accordion - it's going to be flat today.
George thinks, "I love you," to Nellie.
All he can play is "Wait Til the Sun Shines, Nellie." That's the only one he knows.
She holds the kettle to collect the money when he plays - they're working for the Salvation Army.
They play at the church, over the radio, at a carnival, the baseball park, the parks department.
They make about $10 an hour.
George likes to go to baseball games, but he's most happy playing his accordion.
Those are his three little kids screaming in the grandstand - they get very excited when he plays.
George could use a shave - he's around 50, 47 1/2.
He bought the accordion instead of having children with his first wife.
Is Nellie wife #3? I don't think so - he's gonna marry the accordion.
Nellie is so upset she decides to join a convent.
"I love you, but my accordion comes first. I love to squeeze it. It doesn't talk back either."
Nellie is shocked, furious, enraged.
They were together 7 years. Some of his kids came before they were married - 9, 8, and 7.
Nellie came to the accordion wedding.
She took him to court to get some of his money - she gets a check each time he plays "Wait Til the Sun Shines, Nellie."
She said she'd pay his rent and he decided to stay. He put her on a string.
They both lived happily ever after (and so did the accordion).
Every time he hugged her, he thought of the accordion.