The music. That’s the thing.
Yes. Of course, the social aid and pleasure clubs organize and host a second line. They dress to the nines. They dance. They celebrate. But, the tuba player starts the parade. When you hear the tuba start going, you know it’s that time. The brass bands provide the music which is the second line’s engine. Everything rolls from there.
Today’s pictures are a quick look — a very quick look — at the two brass bands whose music drove the second line last Sunday. Rebirth. The Stooges. Two legendary brass bands. One — Rebirth — is in retirement from the streets. The other — The Stooges — add new members so they can keep rolling. But, they are a lot younger. The Stooges were formed because their band leader, Walter Ramsey, saw Rebirth play. That’s how it is in New Orleans. One band or musician gives birth to another. The music is goes on forever. It is linked together in a long, long thread.
Both bands still record and tour, but after about 40 years on the streets, Rebirth decided that they did their duty. However, like me claiming to retire from the streets, the call is always there. I’ll be back. So will they. Oh, the leader of Rebirth — Phil Frazier — is the domestic partner of Linda Tapp who is the leader of the Lady and Men Buckjumpers. So, there’s that.
The GoFundMe campaign ended today. We didn’t make what we needed, so we are rethinking a couple of things. After looking around on PhotoNOLA, which is the hosting event, I realized that we may have really been going too far. Some artists in the past used things like clip boards and push pins to hold their work to the walls. We had far grander plans than that.
Thank you to everybody who donated and shared. I’ll reach out to you offline next week for your contact information. I’ll ship signed prints or posters to you. I may wait until the holiday rush is over, but you can tell me what you’d like to do. The post office wasn’t all that busy today. But, we aren’t into the heart of the Christmas rush.