Socorro, New Mexico. Traditionally, tragedy strikes on St. John's Day (June 24th). In this ballad a youngman, Juan, warns his girl, Micaela, that he is going to kill his rival, Simon. Micaela goes to the dance with Simon. At midnight a shot is heard and two bodies fall, mortally wounded, on the dance floor. They are the bodies of Micaela and Simon. Quality: Good.
Los Padillas, New Mexico. Informant recites part of the "Indita de 'Ciquio Lucero," which has to do with a man who dies as a result of piercing one of his legs with an awl as he is making himself a pair of shoes. At least one adivinanza is also included. Tape speed varies. Quality: poor.
Albuquerque, New Mexico. A priest forgets to tell the cook how he wants his chicken prepared. The cook enters the church while the priest is celebrating mass. In the choir, the cook chants to the priest that he has not told her how he wants his chicken. He answers in Gregorian chant. Date is uncertain. Recited. Quality: Good/Fair.
Chimayo, New Mexico. Fifteen Mexican cowboys are taking some five hundred head of cattle to Kansas. Ballad tells of the hardships endured by the men as they cross the plains and the Rio Grande. In Kansas one of the young cowboys is gored to death by a bull. See note, item 35.4. Quality: poor. PLEASE NOTE: this should be number 10 of 14 songs on the audiofile.
Chimayo, New Mexico. Don Valeriano gets married and invites all his friends and relatives to the wedding dance. A fight starts at midnight and lasts until dawn. Recited. See note, item 35.4. Quality: fair. PLEASE NOTE: this should be number 5 of 14 songs on the audiofile.