She goes by the name of Princess Pat. And her occupation is anything but typical. She's a snake charmer, walks on broken glass, hangs upside down with a straight jacket on.
“Ah, what else?, said Princess Pat. "Laying down on a bed of nails, fire, and so on."
Dr. Annecy Baez was born in the Dominican Republic, but grew up in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx during the 1970s. She said she liked hearing the stories of the people she lived with and even took a Jewish literature class in high school, which she loved. But she said she couldn't find stories that she could connect to.
The United States' musical legacy owes a great deal to the Bronx. That's according to folklorist Elena Martinez with the Bronx Music Heritage Center.