Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico. In Hispanic New Mexico and Colorado, the New Year is awaited with anxiety and greeted with shouts of joy and cheer. After it is literally shot and "killed," groups of young men go out serenading from house to house, beginning at midnight. Here are fifteen traditional couplets. Instrumental accompaniment. Quality: Fair.
Albuquerque, New Mexico. Informant, at the age of one hundred six, recites from memory part of the folk drama Los pastores, which he used to teach to youngsters at Torreon, New Mexico. He also sings several villancicos, or Christmas songs, from this folk drama. Quality: fair/poor. PLEASE NOTE: this should be number 4 of 5 songs on the audiofile.
Albuquerque, New Mexico. This version of the song to San Antonio uses some of the lyrics found in the "Indita de San Luis" (item 38.1). In this song the poet asks for the return of a loved son, who is in the armed services. Quality: good/fair. PLEASE NOTE: this should be number 3 of 5 songs on the audiofile.