Sunday, April 02, 2006

On the southern border

Over the past months, I have tried to take the riders on this bus on a journey into the different musical styles of North America. I have tried to showcase some of the vastly different regional styles and the influences that have formed those styles. Aside from the fact that I just flat out get off on this sort of thing, there is a strong renewed interest around the world in the musical styles that were blended and shaped rock and popular music of today. In the 1950s and 60s it was the "Folk Revival", in the 1980s "World Music", the different folk musics from around this little planet, was popular, today it's "Roots" music. What they all have in common is that they are the musical styles that formed the music you hear on the radio today. - )Wait a minute, what I mean is, the music you hear on a few good, independent radio stations today. The only influence on most commercial radio is corporate profits.)

One of the more recent regional folk styles to have an influence on popular music is the music of our southern border. Conjunto, Norteno, and Tejano, the music that grew along the U.S. - Mexico border. Themselves blends of more traditional styles, these styles have had the strongest influence on the music of the southwestern U.S.

Flaco Jimenez has been the master of the border accordion for more than 40 years. Conjunto is the Mexican-American adaptation of Polkas and waltzes of the German settlers of south-central Texas. For all of you accordion fans.

Flaco's brother, Santiago, was another of the founders of Conjunto. His son, Don Santiago Jimenez, Jr. has carried on, and furthered his father's and uncle's styles.

Mentiste Cuando Dijiste - Flaco Jimenez.mp3

Santiago Jimenez, Jr. - Zulema Waltz.mp3


Anonymous Lucy said...

Call me crazy (you wouldn't be the 1st & I dare say not the last), but I like these little diddies, particularly the waltz.

April 03, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger countrygrrl said...

these tunes are fab..i am two stepping round the kitchen trying to keep up whilst stirring the rice....excellent post as always.

April 03, 2006 12:28 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks ladies!

April 03, 2006 3:09 PM  

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