As I start to collect the thoughts of August 29,2005, a lot of emotions and pictures come to my mind....

 

Then there was the soundtrack.....

 

   While most people had sounds of despair and cries for help, I played this one tune in the van at least 10x straight. As I cleaned the broken glass from the high winds, an inspiration came over me. The trumpeter (Terence Blanchard) was already one of my biggest influences to date, but something was relatively different about the way he played this tune. The way he preached from the instrument gave me a sense of calm/peace. Did Hodge already have the notion/vision of something like this happening and drew from that inspiration? Was it part of some universal lesson we were supposed to learn? And why haven't I thought of a tune like this? LOL

   I heard in an interview that Derrick Hodge's inspiration for that tune came from the notion that we always believe that better is "over there". What we try not to listen to is the wise word of what's already here. But, as the story of the Prodigal Son, we learn our lesson and come back home.

   That's how I feel about New Orleans....

   One of the most interesting discussions I had about this subject came when I was in college. My professor, who later became one of my first bandleaders, sat me in his office and asked, "son, what do you want to do?" After expressing my aspirations of being a artist, he said something that stuck with me. "You know, cats come to New Orleans to work on their craft. They move to New York to work on their careers." For the most part, I'm glad I didn't take his advice.

   Why? Because there's no place like New Orleans. I was born here, raised here, and hope that I can die here so they can second line all around town for me. Just don't prop me up. LOL

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