Little lights.
Little lights.

“While you stroll in New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
If you go to New Orleans
You ought to go see the Mardi Gras
When you see the Mardi Gras
Somebody’ll tell you what’s Carnival for
Get your ticket in your hand
If you wanna go through New Orleans
Get your ticket in your hand
If you wanna go through New Orleans
You know when you get to New Orleans
Somebody’ll show you the Zulu King
You will see the Zulu King
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine
You know, you’ll see the Zulu King
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine
An if you stay right there
I’m sure you’ll see the Zulu Queen.”

—  Go to the Mardi Gras © 1959 Professor Longhair recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s Studio

That’s all there is to say. I feel it now. In my bones. In my head. In my soul.

The picture. And, the song. The picture was easy. Find it. Stand there. Wait for passersby to pass by. And, push the button. Very gently.

Normally, I would not mention the studio. But, Cosimo Matassa’s Studio was legendary. Everybody who was anybody in New Orleans recorded there. If you believe what I believe about the birth of rock n’ roll, you know that Fat’s Domino recorded the first rock n’ roll song there while a major hurricane was blowing outside. Today, the studio building still exists. It’s a laundromat.

One more thing. The guitar player on this song. Dr. John. The Nightripper. Still recording and touring the world relentlessly. Think about that. He recorded this song 56 years ago. He’s still going strong. Desitvily.



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