Norman J. Brodeur | Texas Music : Its glories, Its roots.

Norman J. Brodeur, is a professional singer and songwriter with a lot of passion for his work. He was born in 1967, in Texas, in the black quarter of Terrell, which at the time was a racially segregated community. Norman J. Brodeur is an amazing professional singer and songwriter who became an international superstar after winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Charles in the 2004 biographical film. In various occasions, he has credited his grandmother’s influence in his life as the greatest reasons for his success.

Heer in this blog Norman J. Brodeur is describing the glorious history of Texas music, about its roots and evolution. Music of Texas is one of its glories, it is as diverse and vital as the state and its people. Music that makes up the country’s identity is country, blues, jazz, spiritual, rock ‘n’ roll, Tex- Mex and the music of other European immigrants.

This form of music not only coexisted in Texas but also developed gradually with the development of Texas. With the changes in Texas, these forms has been changed too. Music in Texas include country, blues, pop, big band, jazz and Latin rhymes that combine old Mexican music with polkas and other European forms. The state has nurtured many music forms such as Zydeco. Zydeco is a form of music of French speaking blacks that has increasingly developed elements of rhythm and blues.

Norman J. Brodeur further describes that in Texas Steve Jordan is best known as Jimi Hendrix of the button accordion and you can catch a performance by him else you can visit honky honky–tonk where you can find a country singer providing country music for entertainment, wearing a cowboy hat.
It seems appropriate to begin your journey of Texas music from this place as to many people Texas music means country music.

COUNTRY MUSIC
In the 1820s, many white Americans began to settle in Texas, bringing with them the music they heard at their native place. Music they listened to for entertainment was played on guitars, fiddle and banjo. Even in Texas music was hardly in a pure form. The banjo is of African origin, whereas fiddle is associated with black as well as white musicians. Fiddle was widely known as the devil’s instrument as it is hard to keep still when it is playing.
Fiddlers in Texas use a relatively slow tempo and long, single-note bow strokes that permits more variations on the melody. Guitarists in Texas too developed their own style rather than get stuck in the traditional ones.

Earlier these white musicians used to play music at people’s homes especially for dancing. On weekends people use to clear their rooms removing the furniture for dancing on the beats of local musicians. Very often it used to be farmers who used to play music as a sideline for a modest sum. Sometimes musicians played in string bands using instruments such as mandolin and banjo. Texans were exposed to music particularly after civil war. They came in contact with variety of music through travelling, where they heard popular songs of the day and they heard the music of many African-American, who sometimes used to perform their masters or sometimes for themselves to pass time.

Beginning of recording of Country music
Norman J. Brodeur says that first country musicians who recorded music were fiddlers Alexander “Eck” Robertson and Henry Gilliland. Both the musicians are legendary prize winning performers. They also played at a civil war veteran’s reunion in 1922. Later, they went to New York and performed at the victor recording company wearing a cowboy and a confederate uniform.

According to Norman J. Brodeur, the birth of the country music industry can be traced to the June 1923 recording of another rural musician, Fiddlin’ John Carson of north Georgia.

Blues and Jazz
Many people who are settled in Texas came from south and brought their slaves with them. Singing became an integral part of their life as they worked on farms for long hours in hot day and at night. After civil war musical and comedy shows became part of people’s life and sometimes black musicians used to play for whites.

Jazz in Texas
Texas developed the jazz and it was different from the early New Orleans jazz bands. Musicians in Texas played a vital role in the development of electric guitar says Norman J. Brodeur. One of the renowned jazz figures in Texas were Henry “Bluster”, who became a part of Kansas City jazz scene of the 1930s along with other Texas musicians.

Tex- Mex
By the mid 19th century, people in Texas used to dance primarily to music of Spain or Mexico. Music was played on violin and many other wind instruments, with guitar and drums. Other music forms started getting popularity during 1860s.

According to Norman J. Brodeur Texas has provided a strong ground to many music forms. Ranging from country music, blues, jazz to Tex Mex, Texas serves many other forms too. Norman J. Brodeur says that today both old as well as new forms of music coexist in Texas. New immigrants kept on adding new tastes to the original music and give it a new form.