It's Election Day,New Orleans, 2008. People are fired up. The musicians, including our friend John Boutté, are donating their talents to entertain the long lines of voters thrilled to cast their vote for the first black president of the United States and against the party that screwed New Orleans so royally in 2005
|Kermit Ruffins Stokes the Crowd|
|Big Chief Albert Lambreauax and LaDonna Batiste-Williams;|
Albert Being Albert Did Not Vote;
LaDonna Did Divorce Larry
|Sonny Is Still Happily Married to His Vietnamese Wife;|
Even Playing a Few Gigs Again
|Davis is Uncharacteristically Subdued;|
Antoine, Despite A Bit of Bucking is More Responsible
It is unbelievable how much got into this episode. This is meant in the very best way. Back when el V and I were young and first married, living here in NYC, there was a weekly public radio station program that charted the history of black music and civil rights. We would shut off the lights, snuggle up in bed and listen. The program was only 60 minutes long, but every week's program took us on a journey that spun us through decades, cities and history -- political as well as cultural -- that took us so far from ourselves and where we were, into places new, marvelous and terrible, and, because of the music all it so familiar at the same time. By the time the program concluded we been very far away for a very long time, a journey that continued as we dropped into dream.
That's what it was like, watching the first episode of Season 4 in Treme. I'm so glad to be home again.