Things have been a little off-kilter, both at home and on this blog. Between the Thanksgiving holiday, losing our dog Katie to old age, and getting ready to go “wheels-up” for another research trip to New Orleans, it seems like nothing is on schedule.
I’m taking five classes (thank goodness they’re all self-paced!), working a full-time job, and writing Bayou Fire. How did all of this happen? I think it sneaks up on us a little bit, you know? We think we have all the time in the world, that we’re organized and can handle everything. Next news you know, we’re feeling a little overwhelmed.
This trip is actually going to help with that. I’ll be taking my time to learn and explore during the days that I have available in New Orleans. My goal is to not repeat any restaurants, clubs, or visits from my last trip so that I can expand my primary source knowledge base. I confess, the temptation to go back to Mulate’s is strong, because one of my favorite musicians will be playing there while I’m in town (I’ll include a video below). However, I’m going to resist. I think. All-new experiences open the mind.
Anyway, here’s Cajun Music Hall of Famer Lee Benoit doing “Constant Sorrow.”