McBride's white mother, Ruth Jordan, is a
Polish Jew. She immigrates to Missouri shortly
after her birth in the early 1920s. It might be nice to begin
with some instrumental traditional Jewish songs (a link below to
As as adult, she moves to New York where she meets and
marries McBride's black father. This would put the timeframe
around the late 1930s early 40s, so you might do well with some
jazz and blues, as the Harlem music scene was thriving.
Their son James is born in Virgin in 1957. Consider adding
some of the popular rock songs of the 50s or some music exculsively
Finally, did you know McBride himself is an accomplished
musician? A link to his work is below.