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Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music

Blair Kilpatrick

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ISBN 10: 160473101X / ISBN 13: 9781604731019
Published by University Press of Mississippi, 2009
Condition: Collectible: Like New Hardcover
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Title: Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and ...

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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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 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 didn't even sing in the shower.

Kilpatrick's obsession took her from Chicago's 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 protégé 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 Kilpatrick's 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

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How did I come to write ACCORDION DREAMS?

I never set out to write a book.

I already had enough to do, trying to balance my unlikely new passion for Cajun-Creole music with the demands I faced as a psychologist, wife and mother. Writing was an early dream, one I'd left behind. But then it slipped back into my life, just like the memories of my half-forgotten schoolgirl French.

I started out writing letters and e-mails to friends, then moved on to reviews and short personal essays. I felt driven to communicate my passion for the unique music and culture of south Louisiana. I wanted to touch readers in the same way this journey had transformed me.

I began to realize my story was also about something broader and more personal: midlife awakening, opening up to passion and change, taking risks at every stage of life. Listening to your dreams--no matter how improbable they might be.

Still, I hesitated at the thought of writing a book, even when other people began to push me in that direction. Then Danny Poullard died. He was a renowned Creole accordionist, the guiding spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area's vibrant Cajun-zydeco music scene. He was my friend and mentor.

So that's when I knew for sure. I had to write a book--to remember Danny, and to give something back to a community that had offered so much to me.

And if I can inspire readers to honor their own dreams--well, so much the better!

--Blair Kilpatrick

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