Back in 1999, Lucy Liu explained the charm of the accordion to Playboy Magazine:
It’s an instrument that breathes with you. You control the sound, you create the energy, you determine how loud it is. The emotional backing of the instrument is something you create also, depending on how much you pull and push and how much you breathe with it. Somebody can play one song completely flat, and someone else can play it with so much emotion you’re on the verge of tears. It’s something you create. It’s like a part of you–as opposed to a guitar or a flute. Go blow on that!
Nine years on, and she remains a steadfast champion of its enduring appeal. It’s now morphed into a more practical form called the “accordion wrap” but still just as capable of bringing you to the verge of tears.