In a Crowd

Brass Bands and me. You know me. I like brass bands. I like them best when they are chaotic. When they are working in the street. When they are surrounded by a crowd. You also know that I like to layer my pictures so that you get some sense of the scale and depth. I wasContinue reading “In a Crowd”


Smiles. I reckon about now a lot of people could use one today. Or, a lot of them. It’s Inauguration Day in The United States. It’s pretty fair to say that the entire world is nervous. No worries. I’m not going to go all political on you now. Storyteller is supposed to be a refuge fromContinue reading “Faces”

A Little Bling

Second lines and drums. The tuba may start it, but the drums fill it. And, help to set the pace. Speaking of pace, I’m a little late today. I got really jammed up. Between some major dental work, finishing the technical issues of this computer that concluded with a power loss in the city soContinue reading “A Little Bling”

Coming Out of the Door

Tradition. There is a lot of tradition in a second line even though it looks chaotic. To the naked it eye. To the uninitiated. To the passerby. But. Young people honor old. The banner is cherished. The band follows the main liners. The second liners follow the main liners. We treat each other nicely. It’sContinue reading “Coming Out of the Door”


This is about it for last Sunday’s second line. You know. The VIP Ladies and Kids Social Aid and Pleasure Club featuring, not one, but two brass bands. The Stooges Music Group and The Hot 8. You know me. Brass bands seem to inspire me. I’m around a lot of music. But, I’m not around much brassContinue reading “Moments”


You know how this things go. A really beautiful day. Great moods. Great music. You know what happens next. Right? Dancing breaks out. In the streets. Something like Martha and The Vandellas once sang about. Goes like this. “Calling out around the world, Are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here and theContinue reading “Dancing”


The Stooges. A Music Group. That’s their name. The Stooges. They were formed in 1996, after their leader, Walter Ramsey combined members of two rival high school marching bands. He was inspired to experiment with the brass band format after listening to Rebirth Brass Band play. They’ve been around. They tour some. The record some.. FormerContinue reading “Stooges”

A Little More

  Chaotic. That’s the word I normally use to describe second lines. This was beyond that. Maybe shambolic. The parade started an hour late. The one and only float was being assembled while we stood there waiting. The police didn’t arrive until about 15 minutes before start time.  The band members didn’t seem to know oneContinue reading “A Little More”

New Orleans

In New Orleans. I read a lot of blogs. A lot of them are traveller’s musings. Since New Orleans has a lot of panache, there are a lot of first timers to the city. They mostly stay in the French Quarter and rarely get out to explore the rest of the city. That’s too bad.Continue reading “New Orleans”

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