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Accordion Dreams: A Journey Into Cajun and Creole Music Blair Kilpatrick

Accordion Dreams: A Journey Into Cajun and Creole Music

Blair Kilpatrick

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ISBN : 9781604731019
Hardcover
250 pages
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 About the Book 

By age thirty-nine, Blair Kilpatrick had settled into life as a practicing psychologist, wife, and mother. Then a chance encounter in New Orleans turned her world upside down. She returned home to Chicago with unlikely new passions for Cajun musicMoreBy age thirty-nine, Blair Kilpatrick had settled into life as a practicing psychologist, wife, and mother. Then a chance encounter in New Orleans turned her world upside down. She returned home to Chicago with unlikely new passions for Cajun music and its defining instrument, the accordion. Captivated by recurring dreams of playing the Cajun accordion, she set out to master it. Yet she was not a musician, was too self-conscious to dance, and didnt even sing in the shower.Kilpatricks obsession took her from Chicagos Cajun dance scene to a folk music camp in West Virginia, back and forth to south Louisiana, and even to a Cajun festival in France. An unexpected family move brought her to the San Francisco Bay Area, home to the largest Cajun-zydeco music scene outside the Gulf Coast. There she became a protege of renowned accordionist Danny Poullard, a Louisiana-born Creole and the guiding spirit of the local Louisiana French music community.Engaging, uplifting, and illuminating a unique patch of the American cultural landscape, Accordion Dreams is Kilpatricks account of the possibility of passion, risk-taking, and change--at any age.Blair Kilpatrick has an independent practice in psychotherapy in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also performs and records with Sauce Piquante, a traditional Cajun-Creole band she founded in the late 1990s. Learn more at www.blairkilpatrick.com