I was thinking today about how I'm glad I was able to catch a glimpse of the glory of New Orleans before it went down in the flood and the potency of her people was scattered and diluted. The song with the same name as the title of this post is very fitting at this time for those, like myself, who are prone to nostalgia and apt to ponder loss. Before the flood, New Orleans was on our short list of places to one day live. That most minor loss of a little dream went with the flood as well.
My friend Kyle sure knows what it means to miss New Orleans. His passion for, and knowledge of, the city is immeasurable. He sure knows a hell of lot more about it than I do. I thought that since he is the expert, I'd call upon him to help me with today's news. He graciously accepted despite his studies. He's a good man. Here's his guest post...
There are two things I want to avoid here:
1)sounding like a Public Service Announcement and 2)sounding like a Hallmark card.
So I'll just get right to it: New Orleans has better music, better food, better bars, better architecture, better whatever is you happen to be into. They even have better street-names. I could go on for hours, but you get the idea.
I shot a movie there a few years back and had the opportunity to get to know an incredible group of people, all of whom came together to help me, a total stranger. That right there best sums up New Orleans.
So what now?
The most important thing anyone can do now is anything. Literally anything, as long as it's something. There's nothing wrong with being obvious: send a donation to the charity of your choice.
You can be gung-ho and chip in with Habitat.
There's also nothing wrong with just going down there and hanging out. Enjoy the music. Enjoy the food. Enjoy the bars and the architecture and the people and the whatever it is you're into. It's all there. They want you to visit, so go. It's a two hour flight from Philly. It's not nearly as expensive as you're thinking.
If you can't do that, no problem. Go online and find out when a New Orleans musician is touring in your area. Go see them.
If you can't do that, go online and find a New Orleans musician and buy a few of their CDs.
If you can't do that, buy one of their CDs.
I realize that this message has quickly spiraled into a Public Service Announcement, but that's okay. I'm willing to be THAT GUY as long as you're all willing to do something in return.
If you don't, my next posting will sound like a Hallmark card.