I miss the smell of the city. It’s not that I don’t miss other things, but the smell is something that just sticks in my mind.
Especially this time of year. Magnolia blossoms and early spring barbecues mixing with the thick, muddy smell of the riverbank after a rainy afternoon. Late afternoon breezes blow away the smells of the city only to replaced by the perfume of night-blooming jasmine and the sweet mix of equal parts alcohol and sweat as the sounds of jazz and hip-hop and rock and roll steadily blend together. And you walk to the banks of the Mississippi to drink in the breeze and the smell of history that lazily floats on whispered breath down the crescent and out of sight
Here is a little Mardi Gras mix. Songs that make me think of New Orleans and Mardi Gras and parties in general. Start like a second line and end with an invitation to return Some new, some old. Standards and New entries. Jazz, Brass, Funk, Hip-Hop. A bit of everything, just like NOLA.
*I realize the track order may be a little screwy in the download, but this is the intended order:
Welcome to New Orleans-Galactic Just A Closer Walk With Thee-Treme Brass Band Down in New Orleans- Dr. John Indian Red- The Wild Tchoupitoulas My Indian Red- Dr. John Party- The Wild Magnolias What’s My Name- Hot 8 Brass Band Time Is On My Side- Irma Thomas + Allan Toussaint Iko Iko- The Dixie Cups At The Foot Of Canal Street- John Boutte, New Birth et al. Drinka Little Poison- John Mooney, Soul Rebels Brass Band Black and Gold-Saints Anthem- K.Gates Skokiaan- Kermit Ruffins and The Barbecue Swingers Who Dat?- Olympia Brass Band Mardi Gras In New Orleans- Professor Longhair Saints Medley- Shamarr Allen Do whatcha Wanna- ReBirth Brass Band Do Whatcha Wanna pt. 3- ReBirth Brass Band Mardi Gras Wobble- Choppa/Team Mageez The Treme Song- Treme Brass Band 504- Soul Rebels Brass Band Tootie Ma- The Wild Magnolias My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now- The Dirty Dozen Brass Band I’ll Fly Away- The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Take Your Drunken Ass Home- Big Al Carson I Hope You’re Comin’ Back to New Orleans- The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
Whatcha Think? Any Ideas or Additions? Get enough suggestions, may make a second edition
Didn’t get a chance to update this year, but figured I’d repost anyways
I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz and blues recordings for school, and I find it interesting how the same song can vary so much depending on the lead artist, their preferred instrument and the year it was recorded.