Zydeco Joy

Zydeco Joy

May 31, 2015  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

The forecast predicted cloudy and cold, in that familiar May way. Did Mark Twain actually say, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco”? He certainly could have.

The day started out that way, but by the time Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic took the stage at…

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Bringing Folks Together Zydeco Style

Bringing Folks Together Zydeco Style

February 11, 2015  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

If I had to describe zydeco in one word, it would be “joyful”. I love to hear Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic play anywhere, but it is never more fun than at a church dance. That is where all the elements of the culture that Thierry celebrates come together: generations…

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Timeless Travel on the St. Charles Streetcar Line

Timeless Travel on the St. Charles Streetcar Line

February 10, 2015  |  Travel  |  2 Comments

The story of the St. Charles Streetcar line is about streetcars and a whole lot more. It’s about a famous city, and everyday people, and . . .

Click here for the full story.

I am very proud to have this essay published on Rear Curtain. I hope you’ll take a look!

Paris in December

Paris in December

December 21, 2014  |  Personal, Travel  |  8 Comments

I love Christmas. That won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me. It was a special time when I was a kid, and it’s special now. Both of our girls get home today, and I look forward to our rituals and traditions. The house is ready for them…

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Playing for Keeps at the Savoy Music Center

Milton Vanicor (center)

Playing for Keeps at the Savoy Music Center

October 31, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

We visited Lafayette, Louisiana a few weeks ago for the first time. It was the 40th anniversary of the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles,and we were very excited to be there, to hear the music, dance a little, eat a lot, and soak up the history and culture of this unique…

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This Is The Good Stuff

Ed Poullard and Lawrence "Black" Ardoin, with Sean Ardoin on drums

This Is The Good Stuff

September 11, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

They call it a festival, but it feels like a party in a great big back yard. The folks know one another, and they are happy to gather together for a day spent dancing to the music they love. This is the 19th year for the Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco Festival….

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Basket of Dreams

Basket of Dreams

August 7, 2014  |  Personal, Travel  |  3 Comments

I am not what anyone would call an “athletic” person. The fact that Todd and I met on a canoe trip is nothing short of a miracle, but that’s a story for another time. I love to walk, but words like “hike” and “trek” give me pause. Words like “climb”?…

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The Creole Belles: Passing It On

The Creole Belles: Passing It On

July 29, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Events  |  2 Comments

The San Leandro Library has a wonderful community enrichment program where, from time to time, the public is invited to enjoy a free musical performance. When I saw that the Creole Belles were on the schedule, I couldn’t wait to go. As I listened to folks waiting for the doors…

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A Party With Heart

A Party With Heart

July 23, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco, Events, Local Interest  |  No Comments

I think one of the reasons that that my exploration of Zydeco music has captivated me so is that it is about much more than music. It springs from a rich Creole culture that values community. When I go to hear Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic play there is always…

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Sharing the Music, Cajun-Style

Sharing the Music, Cajun-Style

June 28, 2014  |  Cajun Zydeco  |  No Comments

It is Monday evening and five folks with fiddles are seated in a circle in the back yard. Four of them are learning a traditional Cajun tune, The Milk Cow is Dead.* There is no sheet music in sight, and nobody expects any. You learn this music by ear. Joel…

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