Los Angeles, California. A king has a garden that is entered nightly by horses. Three brothers are selected to guard the garden. The oldest and the brother next to him in age fall asleep and are fired. The youngest puts pins in his eyelids to keep from falling asleep. He sings out "sonando mi guitarrita," keeps awake, and captures the horses. The horses promise never to return if he lets them go. Fragment. Quality: Good/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.