ART TO SURVIVE
Tonight I sat in front of the TV eating dinner when D flipped on a show called “Somebody Feed Phil.” It’s a Food/Travel show that would probably be on the Food Network if it wasn’t so good.
The host is Phil Rosenthal, a TV producer/writer who really made his way as one of the creators of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” As you’d expect he’s really funny, but add in a sort of skewered natural charm and amazing production values and you have a “food” show that I can sit and watch and not feel guilty about.
So I am really enjoying his show about the food & people of New Orleans (it has been too long since I’ve been there) when he drops in on The Roots of Music program run by Derrick Tabb in the Tremé neighborhood. It’s beautiful. Kids learning music. Tabb expected maybe 19 kids when he began… he got 150. Like I said, beautiful.
And then, after the all too short segment ended Rosenthal said, “A lot of people think the arts are disposable. What they don’t realize is… it’s the answer.” I stopped the TV and listened to him say it again. And again. And…
It was a stark truth, relating not only to children and teaching, but to us all.
Once we leave our creativity… our art… our joy behind, we have lost our humanity. As a society we need to embrace the greatest thing the human mind can do… create.
ART TO SURVIVE.
I loved everything about this song from the second I heard it. You could call it a novelty song but I ain’t against those either. You can ask me if I wanna go, but I Yi Yi don’t know. If we’re ever in somebody’s yard and crawfish is boiling and this song comes on, we’re dancin’ chere.
I’d been playing guitar for about 5 years when I heard this for the first time. I bought it and then played it non stop for a month. Everything that is good about my ability on the guitar comes from me stealing everything I could from this one song. And two Mick Taylor licks I learned. I love this. It’s the foundation that enables me to speak to people via stringed instrument. Keep on struttin’.
MAKE SOMETHING. BELIEVE IN IT. GIVE IT TO THE WORLD.