Albuquerque, New Mexico. A drunk gets into a home where a wake is being held and, seeing the few candles around the body, begins to sing "Las mananitas," a birthday song. Someone tells the drunk to quiet own, that he is in a wake. The drunk then says that now he understands why there were so few candles for such a large cake. Quality: Good
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.