A few things in between. . . .
More Booker - video and audio at Aquarium Drunkard. Truly one of a kind that one. For those of you who are always asking for more. Listen up, there still may be a test. . . .
Who Dat? Indeed - I was in New Orleans over the weekend, though not for the Saints game, sort of in spite of it, as we came over to see Olu Dara at Tipitina's Saturday night. The opening act, Alex McMurray, said it in one of his numbers, "You've gotta be crazy to live in this town." And the city was sure crazy with Saints delerium, which will hopefully continue on to to da Superbowl with inspired insanity that'll make the upcomming Mardi Gras seem like a church social, if they win - maybe even if they don't. That night the game was on tv where we ate. Walking back to where we stayed, you could tell who was ahead by the type of shouts that issued forth from every bar and open window (it was short sleeve weather!). When we got back, we watched some more, until catching a cab (didn't want to lose that preccious parking spot in the Marigny), which, natch, had da game on the radio, out to Tip's where, Natch'ez, we finished watching the home team outlast Philadelphia [I said Seattle first? Must have been Freudian.] to general applause and cheers from the few people there that early (mostly staff), and waited for Mr. Dara's Neighborhoods. Nice to see him again - but not much change in his material over the past few years that we've gotten to catch his act. But Olu and band on an average night can still put you in a juicy-lipped trance.
Heartfelt Condolences - To brother Aaron Neville on the recent passing of his wife, Joel Roux, and to sons Ivan, Aaron, Jr., and Jason, daughter Ernestine, and their entire extended family.
Stay tuned. . . .