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Feel Free to Cry Along At Home December 1, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
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There were a handful of songs that sustained me over the last several years, tracing in crescendo and diminuendo curves the path of grief and recovery. First was Eliza Gilkyson’s Requiem which I first heard driving through snow-bound Fargo after dropping my child at school. When she and her daughter sang the line “Mother Mary lead us to a higher place” I had to pull the car over. Then there was “Do You Know What It Means (To Miss New Orleans)”, especially this version that so touched my wife we started down the road to Toulouse Street. After I was settled in New Orleans, I picked up the New Orleans Musicians Relief C.D. via on-line download, and I first heard Susan Cowsill’s “Crescent City Snow”.

Some time after the slow cowboy-Celtic lament of the song’s beginning, between the part where the drummer starts into a Jacobean march then segues into a second line parade, one steps out of the sheath of memory and into today, sashaying down a street where grief is transformed into the steps of a shuffle in the shadow of a parasol, the old ritual unfolded again in the new day. And it’s all good.

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1. Marco - December 1, 2008

I found this video over at nolaladder. I haven’t heard anything by a Cowsill since “The Rain, The Park and Other Things”. Like you say, the song’s changes bring you along. At first I wasn’t sure about it until the changes caught me. Her voice is also very strong. I posted a link to it on Facebook. Facebook asked me for word verification. The words were “more Katrina”. I was a little stunned for a while.

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2. new orleans gypsy - December 4, 2008

terrific terrific terrific

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3. dave - December 5, 2008

I have had mixed feelings about this song but it has grown on me. The video does a better job of selling it than the song itself, I think. Must be the Algiers scenes 🙂 She does have a great voice when she lets it out. The one song that has kept me going, especially in my car in the weeks right after Katrina, is Lucinda Williams Crescent City, cant find a good video of it unfortunately.

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