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By Alan B. Govenar

Native American drumming and chant; Czech and German polka; kingdom fiddling; African American spirituals, blues and jazz; cowboy songs; Mexican corridos; zydeco; and the sounds of a Cambodian New Year’s social gathering — all are a part of the superb cultural patchwork of conventional song in Texas. In Everyday Music, writer and researcher Alan Govenar brings readers face-to-face with the tales and stories of people that are as diversified because the traditions they bring about on.

From 1983 to 1988, Alan Govenar traveled greater than 35,000 miles round Texas, interviewing, recording, and photographing the immense cultural panorama of the nation. In Everyday Music, he compares his reports then along with his makes an attempt to reconnect with the folks and traditions that he had initially documented. preventing at fuel stations, eating places, or street-corner groceries in small cities and inner-city neighborhoods, Govenar requested neighborhood citizens approximately neighborhood track and musicians. What he stumbled on on his street journey round the state—and what he stocks within the pages of this publication — are the ordinary songs, tunes, and musical tools which have been handed down from one iteration to the subsequent. Govenar invitations you to accompany him on his trip — one who will perpetually switch how you examine the normal tune that's such an enormous a part of our daily lives.

Everyday Music is observed by way of a distinct on-line source (www.everydaymusiconline.org) with videos, recorded interviews, and performances. the location additionally positive aspects detailed assets for lecturers who are looking to convey this wealthy cultural event into their study rooms and for basic readers who easily need to know more.

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1
Julius Vita: Czech Accordion, Seymour 9
John Burrus: Cowboy Songs and state 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 famous person 73
Lydia Mendoza: Boleros, Corridos, and Rancheras, Houston 83
unique Oompah Band: German Dance tune, Tivydale 96
John Henry “Bones” Nobles: Bones Percussion, Beaumont 107
Yani Rose Keo: Cambodian track and Dance, Houston 117
Appendix: Traditional song in Texas Radio sequence 129
Acknowledgments 131
For additional analyzing, Listening, and Viewing 133
Index 137

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