After Sunday, let us refrain from ending any words in “eaux” as in “geaux” for “go.” Let us refrain from casually slipping references to gumbo or voodoo or Cafe Du Monde into our conversations or prose. Let us refrain from engaging in any ridiculous hyperbole about how a team of professional athletes can and will save a city still reeling from the effects of a devastating storm.
And let us, please, refrain from fixing our mouths to say anything approximating “Who Dat?”
Agreed? Only three days to go, OK?
But now that we’ve got that out of the way, whether your allegiances are with the Saints or Colts this weekend, let us also acknowledge that few U.S. cities can compete with New Orleans in terms of its output of talented musicians.
That also means Indianapolis, no matter that the Circle City gave us Babyface and After 7.
So, given that New Orleans is home to an eclectic array of music artists ranging from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis to Mia X, this seems as good a time as any to pay homage to the great sounds wafting up from the Big Easy like the scent of filé powder and onion from a pot of boiling gumbo.
1. Ha – Juvenile (Brokey)
2. Do The Jubilee All – DJ Jubilee (Blackink)
3. Spotlight – Mutemath (slb)
4. Move On Up A Little Higher – Mahalia Jackson (Brokey)
5. Once – Harry Connick, Jr. (Quadmoniker)
6. Look-Ka Py Py, Jungle Man – The Meters (Blackink)
7. Do Whatcha Wanna – Rebirth Brass Brand (slb)
8. #1 Stunna – Big Tymers (Brokey)
9. Walking to New Orleans – Fats Domino (Blackink)
10. When Will You Call – Terrence Blanchard feat. Bilal (Brokey)
Please don’t judge us if we left anyone out/waiting for groans from No-Limit fans. Let’s be honest: 10 songs isn’t even enough for a list of Mystikal’s greatest hits.
Instead, just offer up a recommendation and be prepared for a party. This is the perfect weekend for song, food and football.
Makes you wonder what took New Orleans so long to get here.