Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings (1880)

"I should have gone mad but for music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven's gifts to humanity wandering in the darkness. Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls. It is not the straw to which the drowning man clings; but a true friend, refuge, and comforter, for whose sake life is worth living.” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

This energetic version of Tchaikovsky’s
Serenade for Strings is played by the New Century Chamber Orchestra under the leadership of the great violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. In 1999, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg received an honorary Master of Musical Arts degree from New Mexico State University, the first honorary degree ever awarded by NMSU (my alma mater, btw).


Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings, First Movement
Performed by the New Century Chamber Orchestra

Billy the Kid Reading List

For everyone attending my Billy the Kid walking tour of Silver City, NM, here's a list or resources to get you started with understanding the Kid and his endlessly fascinating life. Although I could recommend many other books and resources, the items on this list should serve as a good place to begin.

About Billy the Kid – Website

Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride by Michael Wallis (2007)

The West of Billy the Kid by Frederick Nolan (1998)

Billy the Kid: A Graphic History by Willard Ballow (1998)

The Illustrated Life and Times of Billy the Kid by Bob Boze Bell (1996)

Antrim is My Stepfather's Name: The Boyhood of Billy the Kid by Jerry Weddle (1993)

Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life by Robert M. Utley (1989)

The Tragic Days of Billy the Kid by Frazier Hunt (1956)
My favorite book on Billy the Kid, even though it contains more legend than history.

Catherine's Son by James L. Smith (2013)
I hope I am forgiven for using this list to promote my own novel about Billy the Kid.

And let's not forget the music.
Aaron Copland composed young Billy's arrival in Silver City. Very cool!