Albuquerque, New Mexico. Three sons leave home. All meet the same old man who asks them (individually) to get him the topmost flower on a tree. Two older brothers get a flower, but not what the man wanted. The youngest brother gets the topmost flower and is rewarded. The two older brother kill and bury him. They put a twig on his tomb. The twig blooms and sings, and eventually the brothers' crime is discovered. Quality:Fair
The Rubén Cobos Collection of Spanish New Mexican Folklore is a sound archive containing over 2000 pieces, including ballads, poems, prayers, nursery rhymes, riddles, proverbs, stories, personal narratives, songs, instrumental music, and descriptions of social customs, ritual practices, and children's games. The recordings were made between 1944 and 1974 in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.
Researchers may find it useful to use the published catalog of the music collection, "Music in the Rubén Cobos Collection of Spanish New Mexican Folklore", edited by Victoria Lindsay Levine and Amanda Chace, available in the Colorado College library and several other U.S. libraries.
In 2005, Colorado College received a grant from the Colorado Digitization Project to digitize the music in the Cobos Collection.