". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Coco Robicheaux -- Walking the Spiritlands Forever More

Coco's gone.  New Orleans cannot be the same without him.

Coco's greatest song, "Walk With the Spirit," a truly spiritual song that was our personal battery-charger during the dark days after the 2005 flood, is here. The album it was on, 1995's Spiritland, is one of our all-time faves.

Sometimes I walk all by myself
I don’t want to talk to no one else
And I close my eyes
And I feel the spirit rise

That he had made this album made his attendence for the entire duration of The Year Before the Flood party all that more precious to us.

Season 3 of Treme  won't be the same either, without a bit of Coco.


T. said...

Your links don't seem to be working.

Not to worry -- I went straight to YouTube.

Great stuff indeed.



Foxessa said...

I guess the link didn't transfer over from da List.

It's been a rather rough Thanksgiving, as four people we are close to suddenly experienced severe medical conditions. Only two of them are local enough that we could be there physically for them. One of those passed away early Friday morning. The others, I am relieved to say, are much improved.

So the plans we'd planned generally went by the way this holiday. This happens sometimes. Kind of fighting depression now, because this brought back that terrible Thanksgiving right after both Dad's and Mom's funerals.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

New Orleans Times-Pic includes el V's interview with Coco in BOMB back in 2008, with a link to it:

" Writer Ned Sublette published this expansive and colorful profile of Robicheaux on the BOMB magazine website in 2008. (It included an explanation as to how Coco Robicheaux's name turned up in the lyrics to Dr. John's 1967 song "Walk On Guilded Splinters."

In a note to his e-mail list Saturday, along with a link to The Times-Picayune coverage of Robicheaux’s passing, he wrote:

“I just heard. This isn't real to me."

"Like Coco once said about a wheelchair he was supposed to be confined to after an accident he suffered working construction, "I couldn't relate to it." ]

Here's the link to the Bomb interview:

Love, C.