Cajun music is to Southwest Louisiana what jazz is to New Orleans--a way of life.
Photo: Art Meripol
Ann and Marc Savoy are helping save the soul of Cajun sounds. When the couple got engaged, Marc asked Ann if she'd rather have a ring or a great guitar. She sitll plays that guitar in three Cajun bands, The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Magnoila Sisters, and The Savoy Family Cajun Band. Her book, Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People, remains one of the definitive books on the culture and music. "It's the feeling you hear in the voices and the rhythm of it all. The soul comes out of the music," she says.
Ann says she loves watching her kids "let all the Cajun things in them come out," and watching the music evolve with the next generation.