Joyce Kahkonen discusses the musical instrument her family is closely linked to—the accordion—with her daughter Gay. Joyce’s father played the accordion professionally and his enthusiasm was contagious—from polkas to waltzes and the standards, he taught all of his children to play. His advice to his daughter: “Honey, remember one thing, if you can’t play good, play loud.”

Originally aired September 15, 2006, on NPR’s Morning Edition.