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Zydeco: The Washboard Beat

Updated on July 24, 2013

Zydeco Music

Zydeco is a musical genre of folk music that had its roots in Louisiana. It first began in the early 19th century from forms of creole music,blending Cajun and blues together to form what is a rarely known but very rhythmic and fun music style called, "Zydeco".

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Zydeco, Cajun strum

five gallon bucket

played for the drum

Outdoor jammin’

ain’t got no door

Louisiana girls

dancin’ on wood floor

Juice Harp, accordion breath

singin’ JuJu dolls

and Mojo death

Play that fiddle

rosin up that bow

crowd sing along

to cotton eyed Joe

Creole call on ole Bayou

in gator skin boots

yodels Lafayette Sue

Servin’ sausage gumbo

and crawfish pie

peel and eat shrimp

and Jambalaya

Mardi Gras

in New Orleans

throwin’ beads

and dried black beans

Gulf of Mexico

feel the heat

strummin’ dat music

on a washboard beat

Can’t set still

tappin’ my feet

gotta dance

can’t stay in my seat

Even Grand-papa

is playin’ hambone

swayin’ on his stool

to dat ole Zydeco




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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Don. It really does take a music enthusiast to appreciate a genre like, Zydeco. if you give it a chance, its easy to fall in love with.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have a long time interest in folk music. Back in the early 1960's the University of Minnesota had a teacher name Gene Bluestein who was interested in it and taught a course on what was called educational television. He demonstrated the playing of steel drums and said it was the only instrument that was tuned by beating it with a hammer. I like your tribute to this art form. sharing

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Cyndi.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, anan.

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Really fun poem. I, too, love Zydeco music and dance. The beat was in the poem. Voted up.

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      Anan Celeste 4 years ago from California

      I could hear the beat. Magnificent piece. Magical fluidity! Voted up.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb. Oh, I'm sure you could still cut a rug! :-)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wayne I love this.. I love Cajun food.. and the dancing and the fun.. sounds like my kind of place.. I might be getting old.. but i can still go dancing and have fun

      voted up and sharing

      deb

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Tom!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      "Rosin up that bow" I like that Wayne. Nice poem, thank you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Martin. I know San Fran is not afraid to step outside the box.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma. I'm sure the music would be perfect for a gypsy!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the compliment.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Great poem. Thank you. Also popular in SF, Summer around city hall.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Could just picture all that excitement, music and dancing. Have never been but have read a lot of the music and the mysteries of the Bayou and so on. It's a place that really fascinated me and I'd like to go there someday. Once even wrote a poem about Louisiana.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Nice hub, good read!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Isaac. Always good to see you here!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Colin. From your comments here and others you have left in the past I can see that you are a music lover with taste for rare genres. One day soon I plan to do a hub featuring myself playing some blues harp. Playing and listening to music, like reading and writing, is my high!

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      Very nice. Thanks for the little lesson on music. keep iyt up.

      I. White

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I love Zydeco music and the father of this genre, Clifton Chenier, and if you don't get up and dance to music like this - then you have no heartbeat , lol.

      I also love Mexican accordion music too and the amazing Flaco Jimenez and of course Cajun music with Doug Kershaw - and Jole Blonde (sic)

      so naturally these words caught my fancy but then again Sir Wayne all of your words catch my fancy ...... sending warm wishes and off to the 6pm news online at lake erie time 5:59pm

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Not hardly ;-) Thanks for the visit Bravewarrior.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      You're right, Wayne. You can't rightly sit still to this beat now, can you?

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      It is definitely dancing music! Thanks for the compliment!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      And I would be dancing up a storm! Loved this Wayne--everything about it works for me