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Contents Acknowledgments ix Part One Part One Beginnings 1. Swamp Tour 3 2. Accordion Dreams 15 3. Charivari 30 4. Allons à Lafayette 37 5. Les Femmes d’Enfer 50 6. Awakening at Augusta 61 7. After Augusta 75 8. Return to Acadiana 86 9. Finding My Voice 96 10. Going Deeper 105 11. Our Town, Good Night 124 Part Two Part Two Danse de Poullard 12. First Jam at Danny’s 137 13. Musical Chairs 150 14. Sauce Piquante 159 15. In the Blood 171 16. Return to Augusta 179 viii Contents 17. Singing Higher 188 18. Orphan’s Waltz 199 19. Mon Coeur Fait Plus Mal 209 20. The Last Session 220 21. Another Wednesday Night 237 Coda Higher Ground 241 Suggestions for Listening 247 ...