Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
While working in my garden this evening, I heard conjunto music. Then, I realized it was live music from a neighbor's home. I enjoy all types of music, so I just listened and went back to work digging Johnson Grass.
I thought I heard songs that sounded familiar, but the words were in Spanish, so I was not sure. Unfortunately, I do not speak Spanish. So, I listened closely and tried to make out some of the words. It sounded like they were singing about "Dios" and "Jesus." Then the song ended and I thought I heard "Amen."
My husband walked down the street a ways and came back and said it was a tent revival! The band had guitars, an accordion and drums. Every so often, the band would yell out "Hallelujah" between songs. This was a nice surprise and made me feel connected to this revival down the street.
I wanted to walk down the street and join in, but I was dirty, tired, clothed in an old house dress and gardening gloves. Instead, I just sat there as the sunset went down, listening to spirit-filled singing rocking the neighborhood.
Many of you living in other countries may not know exactly what conjunto or tejano music sounds like. I have included above video of Los Aleluyas, a band that plays the type of music I listened to last night. Los Aleluyas means The Hallelujahs.
Conjunto and Tejano Music
In the late 1800s, the Mexican population of South Texas and northern Mexico adopted the lively button accordion from German settlers and combined it with the the 12-string bass guitar to develop a new style of music known as conjunto.
I love living in Texas!
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