are said to be a dying traditional American subculture
. Descendants of Canary Island immigrants of Louisiana
, the name Isleños was given to them to distinguish them from Spanish mainlanders, known as "peninsulares." But in Louisiana, the name evolved from a category to an identity.
For a long time they were one of those rare subcultures that found a way to maintain a living tradition as the world around them modernised by carving out a livelihood as crabbers and 'shrimpers'. Then Katrina hit
and the wetlands, which were central to the Isleños identity, essentially dissapeared. Despite the blow to their economy, they still have their songs
and annual fiestas
, evidence of a strong culture which binds their community together, and their rebuilding following Katrina
demonstrated how strong that sense of identity and culture can be. So perhaps the Isleños shouldn't be written off just yet, then. After all, as Isleño Irvan Perez says, "This is home. Where else would we go?
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 7, 2008 -
While culling my clippings file for the big move, I came across Ragtime: No Longer a Novelty in Sepia
, which led me to the The Rag-Time Ephemeralist
, a labor of love by one Chris Ware
, whose 'The Acme Novelty Library'
and Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Boy In The World
I had long admired. The Ragtime Ephemeralist's mention of Out of Sight - The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895
---here's a review
from Musical Traditions
--and, its very own links page,
as a consequence, led to this post about Ragtime, Cakewalks, Coon Songs and Vaudeville, with a slight nod to Barbershop Quartets. There's more, of course...
posted by y2karl
on Jan 21, 2005 -
The Song Is You:
there was a perfect singer
- and I do mean perfect
- it was Ella Fitzgerald
. Her Songbooks
(please scroll down for the listings and samples
) are still - and will always
be - the best collection there is of the great American standards. That is, if you don't mind crying and having the little hairs on the nape of your neck stand up and revolt. And swing
. They'd be the last
objects I'd be willing to part with: they're the mother's milk of
Western popular culture. So imagine my surprise when I found their perfect counterpart on the Web: the best-ever collection of lyrics to the songs of the greatest American composers: Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers. Admirably, the compiler has gone way beyond his duty and included wonderful standards (quite a few unknown to me) that even Ella never got around to singing. Thank you, Todd
. And God bless you, Sir!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 22, 2003 -