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Sunday night, when Allen Toussaint played "Yes We Can Can" for Democratic convention delegates in Denver, the song sounded tailor-made for the Obama campaign. But he wrote it in New Orleans, in 1970, inspired by a different era of change.

No wonder. New Orleans musicians have for more than a century anticipated and articulated just what this country needs. Now, three years past the floods that followed Katrina, Mr. Toussaint and other bearers of the city's unique (and uniquely American) culture -- jazz musicians, brass-band members, Social Aid & Pleasure Club second-liners, and Mardi Gras Indians --call on the country to respond to their needs, for the good of us all. We must recognize this culture as essential to New Orleans recovery, not to mention the restoration of our damaged national identity.

August 29, 2008 1:13 PM |
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  


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.

August 8, 2008 9:46 AM |




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