I spent last weekend in New Orleans at a trade show, promoting a few of the apps we’re developing at work. It was one of those work hard/play hard kind of weekends, and oh, the stories I have to tell and photos I have to share. But. They’ll have to wait. The trip coincided with the start of our big push to get one of those apps launched. I’ll be in crunch-time mode for the next two or three weeks, which means I won’t have a lot of time for anything but work, food and sleep.
On that note, I have the perfect song for Friday.
People want to SING about NOLA, and after spending five days there, I can completely understand why. It’s got an attitude, and I love a city with an attitude. You could spend all day making a playlist of songs that have a relationship with the Crescent City, but unfortunately I don’t have time to wade through all the ones I love. I’ll save that for when I go back.
John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival give the impression that they are of the Mississippi Delta. This is not the case. They are from the San Francisco area, which no doubt is gritty in its own right but is not Delta lands. Yet their second album, Bayou Country, goes a long way toward fooling people.
From that album comes a song that is high, high, high on my list. And while I like the CCR version, I will argue with anyone who wants to listen that it a song only Tina Turner can appropriately perform.**
THOSE LEGS! THAT VOICE! EPIC. I have a dream of performing this song at karaoke, but I know I would only dishonor Tina if I tried. I basically want to be her, minus the Ike abuse.
Proud Mary is not completely about New Orleans, but at least mentions both it and my beloved Memphis. And while I might not be the washer woman John Fogerty was imagining when he wrote the song, I keep on burnin’ through work, so it is my anthem right now.
**Not to mention Tina was born in rural West Tennessee just outside Memphis and lived there until she was a teenager, so she sorta, kinda my homegal. Or at least I’m going to pretend she is.