The 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is just a week away and sadly, for the second time in three years, I will not be attending, after a run of 10 straight years. This is making me just slightly more miserable than usual, though admittedly, I'm missing the city of New Orleans, not necessarily the Festival itself, which this year, looks more like Bonnaroo or Coachella, and not what once was "the greatest music festival of all time."
A friend told me that the new Jazz Fest app for the iPad (does that sound right?) has full clips of Tom Petty and The Eagles, with a 30 second snippet at the end of a New Orleans brass band. Nothing screams New Orleans culture like "Lyin' Eyes." Fess, Booker, Eddie and Snooks, boy do we need you now!
Still, I'd rather be there than not be there. Maybe next year.
About a week or so before each Festival, I would put together a CD, the "Fest Companion," and distribute it to all my friends who would be attending. It was a compilation of Crescent City faves, including a sample of some of the artists we'd be seeing. It was a great way to start the excursion. After 3-4 years, it became a tradition. Some friends questioned whether I would continue the tradition, the first year I couldn't make the trip after 10 straight. That was 2010. Of course, I did. It was bittersweet, but it felt good that they had been looking forward to it. I'm pretty sure those friends rarely, if ever stop by Burning Wood. But if they happen to be reading now, this mix is for you.
And...for all of you, too!
Anf of course...for Levon.
Don't have too much fun without me.
Black Minute Waltz- James Booker
Josephine (Live In The WWOZ Studio)- David Torkanowsky, George Porter Jr., and Herman Ernst
It Ain't My Fault (Pt. 1)- Smokey Johnson
Wish Someone Would Care- Irma Thomas
Get Low Down (Pt. 1)- Curley Moore
Soul Machine- The Meters
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?- Pete Fountain
Sinking Ship- Johnny Sansone
She's Good To Me- Jimmy Beasely
It's All Over Now- Dirty Dozen Brass Band w/ Dr. John
Brickyard Blues- Jon Cleary
Hold On Tight- Lil' Band O'Gold
Dog Hill- Boozoo Chavis
A Certain Girl- Ernie K. Doe
A Song For George Lewis- Dr. Michael White
Someday You'll Want Me- Uncle Lionel
Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)- Benny Spellman
Before I Grow Too Old- Tommy McClain
True- James Booker
Bourbon Street Parade- Bob French