Las Vegas, New Mexico. Hymn to New Mexico composed by Amadeo Lucero. A retired school teacher, Lucero was born in Dixon, New Mexico. In his youth he was a local singer who accompanied himself on the guitar. Quality: good/fair. PLEASE NOTE: this should be number 10 of 12 songs on the audiofile.
La Constancia, New Mexico. Informant discusses the old custom of serenading those persons named Manuel or Manuela. People would go to their homes at dawn and sing verses; then the serenaders would be invited in to have coffee, wine, and empanaditas, or turnovers. Quality: good. PLEASE NOTE: this should be the EIGHTH song on the audiofile.
Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico. Tune from a musical dance drama played on violin by Ramos Duran. Joseph Rael gives an historical account of the dance and the way Hispano and Indian versions are presented at Picuris Pueblo. Narration over part of music. Quality: good/fair. PLEASE NOTE: this should be the NINTH song on the audiofile.
Tucumcari, New Mexico. Agglutinate song. The story, which comes from Colima, Mexico, begins with a little monkey cutting off part of his tail and taking it to a barber with whom he leaves the tip. If the barber loses the tail, he must give the monkey a knife, which he does. The monkey takes the knife to a woman making baskets and gets a basket when the woman loses the knife. In the background there is another conversation, maybe recorded over. Quality: fair. PLEASE NOTE: this should be number 1 of 6 songs on the audiofile.