Today, there are many fine drums that travel the pow wow Circuit, spreading their songs throughout the continent. Most drums make their own songs, a task that requires talent and blessings from above. These are the names of many fine Southern drums who travel around today and have recorded albums :
The Cozads - Yellow Spotted Horse - Rose Hill - Southern Thunder- Grayhorse
One of the differences between Southern style pow wows and the Northern style are the way songs are sung. Northern songs are sung in a much higher falsetto voice and follow a different format in the way they are arranged.
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There are songs written for all occasions as well as for families and individuals. The following is a listing of some of the most common songs.
This format of lead, second, chorus, honor beats, and repeated chorus makes one verse, or "push". The average song is sung with about four or five pushes, and occasionly, during a Grand Entry or when a drum gets an itch, a song can last ten or tweleve pushes. The first push is always sung at a medium dynamic level and gets louder with succeding pushes. At the end of a softer push, the Head Singer will pick up the tempo and volume to begin his lead. The rest of the drum will continue to sing at this louder section until the honor beats, when the song is brought down. When the Head Singer desires to end the song, he will motion with his hand to the rest of the drum that the song is ending, and at the end of the last chorus he accents the beat leading into the final three, five, or seven beats.
There are other ways to end a song, but this is the most common. Other options include trick stops, where the drum may stop at a very unnatural place in order to try to trick the dancers into overstepping after the song has ended, or the drum may simply fade away.