moving message from the unmovable

Were I in New Orleans now, here's where I'd head tomorrow: (Though I cringe at the evocation of "We Are the World," there's no way New Orleans would give way to such an unfunky tune...) The following contents of an email I received yesterday

BIG "We Shall Not Be Moved" VIDEO SHOOT

Woldenberg Riverfront Park

Saturday, 9 August (with a rain date of Sunday, 10 August)

10:00am - 1:00pm

Come out and be a part of the "We Are the World" of New Orleans!



**** OVERVIEW ****


We Shall Not Be Moved is, essentially, the "We Are the World" of New  

Orleans http://www.weshallnotbemoved.org.


The musicians of New Orleans are producing a recording and video of  

the song, We Shall Not Be Moved, featuring some of New Orleans' best  

players, singers and choirs, along with national celebrities.


The project is designed to heal, uplift and unify the people of New  

Orleans---and the world---helping us all turn the page once and for  

all, release the images of devastation to flow downstream, and stride  

into the future with spirits soaring.



We're expecting national media coverage for the launch of the WSNBM  

video on YouTube August 29th.

**** DETAILS ****

Join us for the video shoot of our big, culminating scene in which all  

factions of New Orleanians come together to sing and dance in joyful  

unity.


When:

Saturday, 9 August

with a rain date of Sunday, 10 August

(please check the web site early Sat

to see if we're bumping to Sun)

10:00am--1:00pm


Where:

Woldenberg Riverfront Park


Who:

Every New Orleanian is welcome.

The musicians of New Orleans

are calling everyone together

to create a vision of a unified, joyful

future for our city toward which we are

leaning with all the weight of our love.


It is important that everyone be represented:

from dock workers to the social elite;

from Zulu to Rex;

from debutantes to Indians;

from students to business leaders;

from Uptown to the Lower 9

to Lakeview to the East.

We would like to have 2,000 to 3,000 people

in the crowd, so PLEASE INVITE

EVERYONE YOU KNOW.


Everyone is asked to bring:

water

sunscreen

a hat or parasol


Please feel free to bring:

ice chests with refreshments

blankets

portable chairs


Please DO NOT bring:

boom boxes

food

large umbrellas


Dress:

Clothing that best represents

how you see yourself in our community.

 From seersucker suits to t-shirts and jeans

... you decide.

If you're bringing a group,

please wear something that

identifies you as a group

(like uniforms or t-shirts).


What will happen:

The second movement of our 2-part

arrangement of We Shall Not Be Moved

is called "The Joy."{You can hear the

nearly-completed audio mix

on the web site.)

It will be played in successive cycles

on a sound system as multiple

camera units shoot various scenes

of New Orleanians singing and

dancing together.


There will be an MC,

the wonderful poet,Chuck Perkins,

to direct the flow and entertain.


There will be a helicopter overhead

for a brief time shooting aerial views,

so don't be alarmed.


THIS IS OUR CHANCE

TO COME TOGETHER AND

SHOW THE WORLD

WHO WE REALLY ARE!!!


COME OUT AND BE JOYFUL!!!


Please be aware that

your presence at this video shoot

is your agreement

to allow us to use your image

in the We Shall Not Be Moved video

and in any and all promotional materials

distributed anywhere.


We Shall Not Be Moved is a

non-profit project dedicated to

healing, uplifting and unifying

our community.


Thank you!


Kevin Molony <kevin at royalinsider.com>

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