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Everyday Music (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music)

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Native American drumming and chant; Czech and German polka; country fiddling; African American spirituals, blues and jazz; cowboy songs; Mexican corridos; zydeco; and the sounds of a Cambodian New Year’s celebration — all are part of the amazing cultural patchwork of traditional music in Texas. In Everyday Music, author and researcher Alan Govenar brings readers face-to-face with the stories and memories of people who are as varied as the traditions they carry on.

From 1983 to 1988, Alan Govenar traveled more than 35,000 miles around Texas, interviewing, recording, and photographing the vast cultural landscape of the state. In Everyday Music, he compares his experiences then with his attempts to reconnect with the people and traditions that he had originally documented. Stopping at gas stations, restaurants, or street-corner groceries in small towns and inner-city neighborhoods, Govenar asked local residents about local music and musicians. What he found on his road trip around the state—and what he shares in the pages of this book — are the time-honored songs, tunes, and musical instruments that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Govenar invites you to accompany him on his journey — one that will forever change the way you look at the traditional music that is such an important part of our everyday lives.

Everyday Music is accompanied by a special online resource (www.everydaymusiconline.org) with video clips, recorded interviews, and performances. The site also features special resources for teachers who want to bring this rich cultural experience into their classrooms and for general readers who simply want to know more.

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1

Julius Vita: Czech Accordion, Seymour 9

John Burrus: Cowboy Songs and Country Hymns, Stephenville 18

Osceola Mays: Spirituals and Poems, Dallas 30

Howard Dee “Wes” Westmoreland III: Fiddling, Gustine 40

Miguel Pedraza: Tigua Drumming and Chanting, El Paso 51

Alexander H. Moore: Barrelhouse Blues, Dallas 62

W. W. Trammell: Guitar Maker and Musician, Lone Star 73

Lydia Mendoza: Boleros, Corridos, and Rancheras, Houston 83

Original Oompah Band: German Dance Music, Tivydale 96

John Henry “Bones” Nobles: Bones Percussion, Beaumont 107

Yani Rose Keo: Cambodian Music and Dance, Houston 117

Appendix: Traditional Music in Texas Radio Series 129

Acknowledgments 131

For Further Reading, Listening, and Viewing 133

Index 137

Synopsis:

Native American drumming and chant; Czech and German polka; country fiddling; African American spirituals, blues and jazz; cowboy songs; Mexican corridos; zydeco; and the sounds of a Cambodian New Year’s celebration — all are part of the amazing cultural patchwork of traditional music in Texas. In Everyday Music, author and researcher Alan Govenar brings readers face-to-face with the stories and memories of people who are as varied as the traditions they carry on.

 

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Dallas, TX

Product Details

ISBN:
9781603445283
Author:
Govenar, Alan B
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Author:
Govenar, Alan B.
Author:
Bowman, Paddy
Author:
Govenar, Alan
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Texas Folklore
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Edition Description:
1
Series:
John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
134 color, 37 bandw photos. Map. Appendi
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
10 x 9 in

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Native American drumming and chant; Czech and German polka; country fiddling; African American spirituals, blues and jazz; cowboy songs; Mexican corridos; zydeco; and the sounds of a Cambodian New Year’s celebration — all are part of the amazing cultural patchwork of traditional music in Texas. In Everyday Music, author and researcher Alan Govenar brings readers face-to-face with the stories and memories of people who are as varied as the traditions they carry on.

 

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