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Coronado Historic Santa Fe New Mexico
Coronado is an archaeological site in New Mexico that is part of the State-governed Museum of New Mexico system. It is located along New Mexico Highway 550, 1 mile west of Bernalillo and 16 miles north of Albuquerque.

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The Tangled Tale of Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

On Led Zeppelin’s first album (released in early 1969), Side One, Cut Two is a song labeled “Trad. arr. Jimmy Page”—”Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.” Just where did this “traditional” song come from? Browsing the internet can lead one on numerous erroneous paths but the truth is “Babe” was written as a simple folk tune in the late 1950s. Its history is among the most labyrinthine I’ve encountered. Listen Around 1960 at UC Berkeley, there was a late-night radio show … Read More

A History of Blues Music
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Blues is the name given to the musical form and the music genre that emerged from the African-American communities and the black cultural melting pot of the American South of the 1890’s, drawing on a fascinating mixture of African-American spirituals, traditional songs, work songs of the slaves, field hollers, shouts and chants, folk ballads, European hymns, contemporary dance music and rhymed simple narrative ballads. During their back-breaking toil in the fields of the Southern plantations, black slaves developed a “call and response” way … Read More

San Miguel Chapel
San Miguel Chapel

Is San Miguel Chapel really the oldest church in the United States? It’s hard to say for sure, of course, but if you accept its 1610 building date, it’s certainly in the running. San Miguel Chapel was, in fact, built around that time, by a group of Tlexcalan Indians who came from Mexico with the first Spanish settlement party. They settled here, on the south bank of the Santa Fe River, in what is now known as Santa Fe’s oldest … Read More