I should have gotten out of bed this morning in my villa at the back of the French Quarter. After a short walk to get some coffee and a newspaper at CCs on Royal Street, I'd have taken a longer walk to the Bywater for a late breakfast at Elizabeth's, which would have included some of their signature praline bacon and a spicy Bloody Mary the size of an oil drum. Then, onto wherever the smell of magnolia and boiling crawfish would have taken me.
But alas, it was not to be. And that's okay. I'm okay with it because for me, it was simply a week of eating, drinking, decompressing, getting taller, and hearing some of the most soul satisfying music ever created. But for those giving the party, it's a lot worse. I can only hope the great city and the even greater people of New Orleans recover from what is looking to be yet another devastating blow to their lives as they know it. New Orleans literally lives because of the music, the food, and the visitors.
The Jazz & Heritage Festival is currently slated for the same time next year, but who knows what will happen day to day. That's what this is truly all about---day to day.
I am sure we all have our stories and our problems since this stupid thing started its rule with a very unwashed iron fist. We can only hope most of our problems are first world. It is hard to ignore the lives lost and not think at any time it could hit closer to home. Still, there is nothing wrong with feeling bad for what has changed for you personally. We are only human, you know.
I am going to spend the next week pretending. I'll make some red beans and rice, maybe grill some shrimp and drown them in Crystal Hot Sauce. And I'll definitely be listening to some Jon, John and John! (Mr. Cleary, Mr. Boutte and the good Doctor.)
And, here is the best part...
The amazing people of WWOZ in New Orleans have created "Jazz Festing In Place 2020," and for the eight days that would have been the festival, they will be broadcasting from the archives and have even gone as far as creating "the cubes" to represent the broadcast schedule.
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Might I suggest not missing Germaine Bazzle, Jon Cleary or John Boutte. And Ella Fitzgerald & Stevie Wonder? What the hell?
Some good listening, folks.
Laissez les bons temps rouler.
Rester en securite.