29 June 2008

Blog Your Blessing : Conjunto Music

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~Berthold Auerbach~

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.

Los Aleluyas

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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SandyCarlson said...

You draw a lovely picture of a summer evening! Like reading an image out of a Steinbeck short story.

If you didn't go to the Revival, the Revival came to you! Thanks for the music clip.

(Neo blogged about music today, too! I love when that happens....)

Anonymous said...

What a lovely surprise for you!! What a lovely way to commune with the Divine ... sit at sunset with spiritual music carrying on the air.


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Paulie said...

And it was a ll free! No concert fees and the enjoyment was much from your garden. If we are aware, there are many unexpected blessings all around us.

Anonymous said...

I would have loved to have been there for that. I'm sure my daughter would have tried to join in with her violin. lol

CyberCelt said...

@sandy-Thanks for your comment on my writing. It is appreciated.

@mama kelly-It was a magical moment for me.

@lady-Amen, sister!

@paulie-I love that about the summer. People get outside and there is no telling what you might hear.

@kim-You would have been welcome, I am sure.

Anonymous said...

In regards to the tejano (conjunto) music...its been around for a while now..one of my favorite tejano music singer was Selena (unfortunatly she passed away a while a go) but we still have her great music..

ac─▒ ninni dinle said...

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