Do you know what it means, to miss New Orleans? As another Mardi Gras rolls around – it’s tomorrow, in case you’ve forgotten – this question is especially poignant for NOLA expats, as well as anyone who holds the Crescent City dear to their heart. Tonight, I’ll be making jambalaya and gumbo, and baking up some King Cake for dessert, while filling the house with music such as New Orleans Party, the Jazz Fest, and some great music by The Meters, Allen Toussaint, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, The Wild Tchapatoulas, and Galactic.
Maybe it is a good time to re-watch all four seasons of Treme, David Simon’s love letter to the people, music and culture of post-Katrina New Orleans, or a great music documentary such as Winton Marsalis’ Blood on the Fields, or Presenting Princess Shaw, or other documentaries about the spirit of New Orleans, such as I’m Carolyn Parker, The Old Man and the Storm, Spike Lee’s If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, or the visionary, immersive Tchopitoulas.
When it comes to books, New Orleans has something for everyone. Non-fiction fans can read Andrei Codrescu’s New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City, or get to know some of the Crescent City’s most fascinating figures with Denise Alvarado’s The Magic of Marie Laveau, or Michael Tessirand’s Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White. Fans of literary fiction have such great recent novels as Laura Lane McNeal’s Dollbaby, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s A Kind of Freedom, or The Revisioners, or Morgan Babst’s The Floating World to choose from. Others might enjoy Beverly Jenkin’s historical romance Rebel, Bryan Camp’s urban fantasy The City of Lost Fortunes, or Cornell Woolrich’s classic crime thriller Waltz into Darkness. And for the youngest readers, there’s Carole Weatherford’s Freedom in Congo Square, or Troy Andrews’ Trombone Shorty.
If you missed Mardi Gras, don’t worry: the time is always right to turn up the music, and laissez les bon temps rouler!
~ Posted by David W.