Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music is author Blair Kilpatrick's memoir of her life-changing passion for Louisiana French music - and her unlikely obsession with the accordion.
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Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music by Blair KilpatrickA Transformative Passion for Louisiana's Joyous Music

Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music (University Press of Mississippi, 2009) is author Blair Kilpatrick's memoir of her life-changing passion for Louisiana French music - and her unlikely obsession with the accordion.

author Blair KilpatrickA Musical Journey

Blair's mid-life journey begins on a birthday trip to New Orleans and ends up in Northern California's vibrant Louisiana French music community. Along the way, the once-shy psychologist learns to dance, convinces her husband to pick up the fiddle, and discovers she really can carry a tune. She has a series of adventures during her travels to Louisiana, to music camp in West Virginia, and to a Cajun festival in France. She finds an accordion mentor in renowned Creole musician Danny Poullard, the guiding spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area's Cajun-zydeco scene. Finally, Blair forms a band of her own, Sauce Piquante. And she learns the most important lesson of all: it's never too late to follow your dreams.