Traditions

The Sounds of Music
Live Music Lifts the Heart!

Photographs and Text by John Todd, Jr.

The Sounds of Mexico
The sights and sounds of Mexico are wonderful. Especially the music! You don´t have to know the meaning of the words. Sometimes it makes you want to shout, to cry, to laugh, or to dance.

To be with friends hearing live music is beyond words. If you´ve been there you´ll know what I mean.

(Click on the photos to see .mpg video clips of the music.)

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Antigua

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Rosario
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Hymn
The Sounds of Churches
The simplicity and friendliness of the parish church in Antigua, Veracruz.

The formality of rosary at the Church of Santo Domingo in Puebla. A hymn in the Chapel of the Virgen del Rosario next door. It was like being transported back 300 years.

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María

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María
Singing to the Virgen
On the Day of the Virgen de Guadalupe, the hymns are sung most fervantly by the women of the church.

I took these on December 12, the Day of the Virgen of Guadalupe.

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Pura Banda!

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Marcha Zacatecas
The Sounds of The North
I love the "Banda del Recodo".

To attend a "baile" in a small hard scrabble desert pueblo of about 3,000 people is hard to describe.

The loudness takes your breath away.

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Ya Me Voy
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Chiquitita
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Adios

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Intro

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La Bruja
The Sounds of The South
The sound of the harp and "jarana" of Veracruz is the background and the white "vestidos"and gold coined necklaces of the "jarochas" are like the delicate butterflies in Spring.

She is a beautiful woman with black hair laced in colorful ribbons, whose shy eyes welcome you home to Veracruz.

The music is of the green tropical jungles, and dark wide rivers, and palm trees swaying in the Gulf breeze.

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La Bruja

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La Bruja

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Jaraneros at Cempoala

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Musicians

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"Chun-Chaca"

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"Chun-Chaca"

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"Chun-Chaca"
Música Tropical
Local people call it "Chun-Chaca".

You hear it on the radio and in the streets and markets around the Port of Veracruz and the towns along the Papaloapan River.

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"Ranchera"

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"Batucada"
Other Sounds
The Sentimental "Ranchera" or "Corrido" is kind of cool. The words tell a story, usually about something that actually happened somewhere.

The Batucada is the sound of Carnaval in Veracruz. It´s imported from Brazil.

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"Sonora1"

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"Sonora2"

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"Sonora3"
The "Sonora"
The sound of the "Sonora Santanera" has been around for several generations.

This is a performance of the "Sonora Altepexana" of Tehuacan, Puebla.

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"Sonora4"

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"Sentimental"

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"Fast"

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"Luces de Nueva York"

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"Lady Mariachi"

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"Mariachis"

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"Mariachis"
El Final
Mariachi music is popular all over Mexico. There are also groups of lady mariachis.

It´s even popular at the pyramids in Cempoala.

Mexican music is good. It lifts the heart and makes you want to come home again.

Cariñito de mi vida
Here´s a couple of more of my favorite groups that remind me of songs you used to hear on the radio driving across Mexico.

La Delgadina

Los Alegres de Terán

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