Queen of the Second Lines
Of all the links Dave Walker has recommended as primers for Treme, he’s been halted from mentioning one of the best, probably because the T-P just doesn’t want to mention that weekly in town. So I would be completely remiss in letting this go on the cusp of the show’s premiere…
Anything on The Gambit‘s Blog of New Orleans with Red Cotton’s byline is a must-read, complete with YouTube clips she herself has taken of the SA&PCs strutting their stuff and of the brass bands that get it going.
If you haven’t had enough of the clips accompanying her blog posts, go crazy over at Big Red Cotton’s YouTube channel. Here’s a sampling of what she serves up: a little Rebirth wending its way through the Treme on Mardi Gras day:
Who is Red Cotton? None other than Deborah Cotton, the author of Notes From New Orleans,
an edited collection of articles from the column of the same name published online at EURWeb.com, a Black entertainment news site, between September ’05 and June ’07. The articles, which have been edited and grouped in thematic rather than chronological order, are a first-person comic-tragic account of life and times in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.
Deborah is out and about in town doing her job as a journalist and community activist when she’s not chronicling the second lines in her neighborhood.
All of this reminds me that I must dig out my own copy of Notes and read it again, ’cause it’s good…and ’cause I have a question for Red: have you found your James yet? 😉