It’s one thing to talk about how a publishing a podcast, but it’s quite another to create an episode worth listening to. Since I’m your teacher, I thought it was only fair that I should have to make one myself . I used the Garage Band App on and iPad to record my voice and and add background music.
This episode is based on a trip to Bolivia that I took in 2003. My husband and I went to LaPaz and some surrounding cities as representatives of the Utah Bolivia Partners. The purpose of the trip was to have an educational and culture exchange with schools in Bolivia in the form of music. We performed American bluegrass and old-time folk to a bunch of different kinds of schools and music academies. They loved our music, but not nearly as much as we were fascinated by theirs. The rhythms and melodies of Andean music is fantastic!
The people of Bolivia made a real impression on us. We saw a way of life similar to ours, with a few very stark differences. The culture is much older than ours, and in many ways the modern conveniences such as clean water and safe electricity and plumbing are fairly inconsistent. We saw the old and the new side by side everywhere we went. It was not uncommon to see a woman in traditional indigenous clothing along side her husband wearing modern attire.
We met a wide variety of Bolivian people. Some working professionals, some educators and many that still identify very much with their indigenous culture, language and customs.
The cities we visited were not tourist destinations, so we stood out as very white in every crowd. To me that was one of the most lasting impressions that it left me. To be different has got it’s own set of challenges. Especially if you can’t speak the language.
The music and culture of Bolivia is very old and rich with complex rhythms and melodies. We enjoyed many impromptu performances and shared in a few.
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Music included in this episode:
“Back on Track” & “Lagoa” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Photography by Amy Bury