Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for...

Zydeco. Last letter had to be something good, I thought, though at first I didn't know what in the world I would actually come up with for "Z." But this seemed wonderfully appropriate for two reasons: 1) I live in Louisiana, where this form of music was born and 2) I love, love, loooove it.

So, what is Zydeco? By definition, it's a unique American folk music created in Louisiana in the early 1800's. A form of Creole "la la," it combines French and Irish Celtic fiddle tunes with German button accordian, Latin styles, and washboards. In short, it's Cajun rhythm and blues.

Deriving from the French phrase Les haricots ne sont pas sales, meaning "the snap beans aren't salty," this catchy, blood-stirring music fills the damp streets of New Orleans, from the yawning doors of friendly pubs to the cracked sidewalks, where street performers play beside open instrument cases. It puts a smile on your face, a skip in your step. Paired with the aroma of succulent spices wafting around old brick buildings and iron latticed railings, why, you've got yourself quite the heady combination. Ain't nothin' like it, don't cha know?

Check out 4 year old Hunter Hayes payin' some Zydeco tribute with Hank Williams Sr.'s famous Jambalaya:

I'd like to extend a big, healthy thank you to all my new followers and to all who commented throughout the challenge. It's been an honor getting to know all of you, as well as checking out your way-awesome blogs. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

What did you enjoy most about the A-Z Challenge?


Lynn Proctor said...

a big fan of folk music--i have never heard of this kind--amazzzzzzzzzing!

Bonnie Rae said...

Man I miss this music so much!! If you have any good recommendations I would love to hear em. It might drive Jan nuts, but he'll deal!! Oh man I can NOT wait to take him to LA and MS...he is in for a culture shock, Mr. California!!

Andrew Leon said...

We are not unfamiliar with it here.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the video. That little guy is good!


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