Can anyone introduce me to the musical tradition of Byzantine popular piety?
What do Byzantine families sing together at home, or hum in their heads throughout the day -- other than snatches from the Divine Liturgy, or music from the radio for that matter? In the Latin West we have our properly liturgical music (Introit, Communio, Kyrie, Sanctus, etc.), but also a long tradition of Latin and vernacular hymnody that lends itself well to this kind of thing. I'm sure that something similar exists in the East, but I've never been able to encounter it to any large extent. This is particularly regrettable since I've always considered Eastern Christians to have a special genius for connecting faith and life, the Church and the home. And I imagine its traditions of popular religious music (old folk hymns, para-liturgical pieces, etc.) would be similarly rich. I guess -- to put it perhaps naively -- that I'm looking for a musical analogue to the "icon corner," if some such thing exists: whatever it is, musically, that makes a Byzantine home.
Any thoughts? Tips to good sources for this music and its associated traditions -- especially in Greek and English -- would be greatly appreciated.
(I thought I'd pose the question a bit more directly, since I haven't had any responses yet from my previous post: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,57574.0.html