My Friend - Paul Sanchez
My intentions for today were simple. To commemorate the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I would create a "Weekend Mix" of some rare live music from the artists and clubs of New Orleans, I would share some thoughts about my favorite city, and with a little luck, singer-songwriter, author, poet, friend and mensch Paul Sanchez would honor my request with a short paragraph sharing his thoughts on the whole mess. At 8:48 A.M., yesterday morning, the music mix was created and while giving it a test run, Paul Sanchez e-mailed and agreed to write something up. At 9:13, the music stopped, my computer went blank and after 2 reboots had realized my entire hard drive had been wiped out. Every photo, every song (about 70,000 of them,) all my writing, GONE! (oh, the irony) We will save...
Community Tied By Strong Threads
Fan-subsidized Threadhead Records keeps the music and money in New Orleans
Singer/songwriter Susan Cowsill points toward a clutch of people sitting and chatting in a backyard in New Orleans' Marigny neighborhood.
"See that woman? The one with the flowers in her hair, waving a fan?" she asks. "She's my record company executive."
Cowsill could have pointed at any one of the 250 or so people in attendance at the annual Threadheads Patry (yes patry, playing off the local patois) in late April. The gathering took place in between weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell and convened people nationwide who connected due to their love for Crescent City culture via Internet chat boards operated by the festival itself. They participate in various discussion "threads," hence the name, and are partners in Threadhead Records — a uniquely