Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life

Friday, June 19, 2009

Notes of Note: New Orleans Edition

I picked up two albums that both feature the music of New Orleans and yet are both very different.

First off, Rodney Thibodeaux apparently comes from a whole family of cajun musicians; he and the band Tout Les Soirs (every night) play "Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Country, and '50s & '60s Pop." This is a pretty cool album and makes a great addition to our very eclectic library.

The second album I got called to me because of the name of the group -- it includes the name of one of my favorite places. It also includes the word "ramblers" which, as one brother-in-law pointed out, always portends coolness. The Russian River Ramblers are a group of experienced musicians from the area of the same name who play what I would call New Orleans Dixieland jazz. Their album, Let's Go To New Orleans, is a lot of fun. I'm hoping that we get a chance to see them in person one of these days, ideally up in the Russian River area.

If you stumble across either of these, I'd recommend picking them up, especially if you're into the music of New Orleans.

Journal Description

My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.