• I have the outsiders perspective, but still consider myself to be a “New Orleanian-in-exile”. I am a “Threadhead”. I spend my vacations in NOLA, its music dominates my listening pleasure, its food makes my mouth water just at the thought of it, and my appreciation for its culture, history and ability to overcome adversity after adversity against overwhelming odds, makes it where I want to be. I don’t want to live anywhere else(and I am putting my money where my mouth is, risking all that I have and am to relocate here come March 1st). There is a Renaissance going on here on so many different levels, including musically.
    The problem is trying to get NOLA business interests and government officials to be able to not only understand its creative elements and their challenges, but to also embrace them with real action. To quote Bob Dylan, “Because something is happening here
    But you don’t know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?”
    We also don’t want to allow the music to be diluted by marketing to the point where what made it unique in the first place, is lost.
    I am looking forward to helping become part of the solution in keeping New Orleans music LIVE!!!, Alive!!!, Recordable, Marketable and Accessible. And to help the musicians to hone their craft, to live in an environment where they are looked up to(not down upon) and create a music industry that helps to financially support their way of life. I agree with Jan-“Can’t wait to make it happen.”