Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"Come On Everybody, Take A Trip With Me!"
By my sixth or seventh trek down south, I had a bit of a music ritual. Once I arrived in the great city of New Orleans, three songs, "Elvis Presley Blues" by Gillian Welch, "When You Get Back" by Jon Cleary and "Suddenly Mary" by The Posies, HAD to played before I went out for the night. (I don't know why and I don't care.) The night could not begin until I poured a bourbon, walked out onto the balcony, and looked down onto Royal Street, as I listened to these three songs. I did it everytime. And everytime was magical. Suddenly, not just Mary, but I too...was fine.
These days, my quarterly trips have been cut in half. Actually, I only made it there once last year, and it wasn't for Fest. New Orleans still feels like home, but now I'm a bit more anxious to get things started once I arrive. The luxury of ritual has lost its appeal. Just put some music on and point me in the opposite direction of where I came from.
This mix felt good. Like, if this was playing, and we were driving from the Quarter to Lafayette, we probably wouldn't need to talk for 80 minutes. Maybe we'd look at each other when we noticed the badass drums in the Jimmy Hughes track. But we'd just nod, maybe wink.
This one is for Paul Sanchez. No one has a bigger heart.
Take Me Out To The Ballgame- Jonathan Batiste
Nuttballus- Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Get Down With It- Bobby Marchan
New Suit- The Wild Magnolias
Better Off Dead- Bill Withers
Shotgun- Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
Total Destruction Of Your Mind- Swamp Dogg
What Side Of The Door- Jimmy Hughes
Mobetta's Blues- Maurice Brown & Bobby Broom
Liberty Bell- Willie Tee
Two-Way-Poc-Away- The Dixie Cups
Pretty Pimpin' Willie- Chocolate Milk
You Left The Water Running- Maurice & Mac
You Got To- Huey "Piano" Smith
A Kiss To Build A Dream On- Benny Gordon
I Got To Be Myself-Rance Allen
Can I Get A Witness- Earl Van Dyke
Welfare Cheese- Emanuel Laskey
Tic Tac Toe- Earl King
My God- Wycliffe Gordon
See you in New Orleans.