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At the Foot of Canal Street



Today's a sad anniversary for me. While things get less intense every year, this day always strikes me hard and I need a little help remembering it's only a small and passing thing, with a light and beauty beyond its reach (if I'm allowed to borrow a phrase from the idiom that's gotten me through things like these). Over the last several years, listening to John Boutte's song has been part of how I try to do that; it's almost an act of faith hearing these words, to hope that things will get better again. In particular:

When the levees have overflowed
And the street car has seen its day,
When all is gone, the plantations,
The Treme and the Vieux Carre,
I'll be swinging to that music
Way up on higher ground
Where Pops is blowing "Walk On"
With Gabriel making sacred sounds


With all the stuff going on in my corner of the interwebz, I thought this song was worth sharing. I don't know if it will resonate with other folks like it does with me, but even if it doesn't, it's still a nice jazzy, optimistic song - you could do worse than giving it a listen, I think. *g*

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hhimring
Jul. 16th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
It's today, then?
Thank you for the song--I hope it's been working for you today, too.
marta_bee
Jul. 17th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, today's the day a good friend of mine died years back. It was always going to suck, and it does, but I actually feel much more "level" than I did a few weeks ago. Better rested, more centered, with more balance and more of a sense of humor than I did a few weeks ago. So while I'm very sad and worn out, it has less an edge than it might have. All to the good!
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