Blair Kilpatrick's Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music PDF

By Blair Kilpatrick

ISBN-10: 160473101X

ISBN-13: 9781604731019

ISBN-10: 1604733381

ISBN-13: 9781604733389

Via age thirty-nine, Blair Kilpatrick had settled into lifestyles as a training psychologist, spouse, and mom. Then an opportunity come upon in New Orleans became her international the other way up. She lower back domestic to Chicago with not going new passions for Cajun tune and its defining device, the accordion. Captivated by means of ordinary goals of taking part in the Cajun accordion, she got down to grasp it. but she was once no longer a musician, used to be too self-conscious to bounce, and did not even sing within the bathe. Kilpatrick's obsession took her from Chicago's Cajun dance scene to a folks tune camp in West Virginia, backward and forward to south Louisiana, or even to a Cajun competition in France. An unforeseen family members stream introduced her to the San Francisco Bay zone, domestic to the most important Cajun-zydeco song scene outdoors the Gulf Coast. There she turned a prot?g? of well known accordionist Danny Poullard, a Louisiana-born Creole and the guiding spirit of the neighborhood Louisiana French track neighborhood. attractive, uplifting, and illuminating a distinct patch of the yank cultural panorama, Accordion goals is Kilpatrick's account of the potential of ardour, risk-taking, and change--at any age. Blair Kilpatrick has an autonomous perform in psychotherapy within the San Francisco Bay sector. She additionally plays and documents with Sauce Piquante, a conventional Cajun-Creole band she based within the overdue Nineteen Nineties. examine extra at

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I wondered if he’d recall our exchange of letters two months earlier, Allons à Lafayette 4 1 when he had solved the mystery of my little Eagle Brand accordion. I hoped to pay Marc a visit—unless I lost my nerve. When we arrived at lunchtime, Eunice appeared shut down. Even the restaurants looked dark. Finally, we spotted one small establishment with a flashing gumbo sign in the window. When we entered, the place resembled a lounge more than a restaurant, with a few men sitting at a long bar. We settled at one of the handful of tables.

The waltzes alternated with the fast tunes, called two-steps. They baffled me. For one thing, these “two-steps” involved three steps, or maybe four. Step-together-step-pause, step-together-step-pause. The leader starts to the left, the follower to the right. Right-together-right-lift, lefttogether-left-lift. Steve and I mirrored each other’s confusion. The confidence we’d felt with the waltz had been premature. That pause, that moment of hesitation, seemed to be the critical element. Accordion Dreams 2 3 “Don’t do a polka,” the teacher admonished.

A musty smell filled the dining room. Hmm. Strange. How long had this new accordion been in storage, anyway? Or maybe I really had stepped out of time—back into the past, and then out again, with the atmosphere of that old music store still clinging to the instrument. Even the sales receipt looked old. Yellowed paper, with the name and address of Walles Music stamped at the top, in sepia-toned ink. ” No year. 30 But I knew the sales receipt was new. The storeowner had typed it out right in front of me, laboring on her old typewriter.

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