No matter what you call it, The Big Easy, Nawlins, NOLA, The Quarter, you know this is a place for a good time. Regardless of what your personal definition of ‘a good time’ is, you can have it here. New Orleans, Louisiana is a vintage city, a place where old world charm and crass meet new world flair and flamboyance.
This city is not for the faint of heart, or stomach. If you have a weak personality, you might just prefer to stay away. I don’t mean that to demean anyone, but this place is just fun. Fun for your psyche, fun for your taste buds, fun for your soul. Wherever your palette starts or ends, you can quench it within a few city blocks. From the famous Cafe Du Monde, or the local bend on Frenchman Street, this city wreaks of pleasure. It can be a bit overwhelming, which is why I made my previous comment for you Poindexters. The reason for all this ‘pleasure at your fingertips’ availability is the mix of culture, at least in my opinion. You can have what you want in this city by default: it has to be provided. The mix and mingle of cultures and creeds is almost as prominent as their good time feel, or maybe it is the result.
Being a mestizo type myself, or mulatto/creole as is the term down here, the basis is BLEND. Blending and bending the myriad of people who have made this city their home. Whether it be left over french, afro-caribbean migrants, slave-descendant who didn’t have a choice, or the new influx of northern blood, this is not a place where differences stand out, except in the tourists. This city is a place where a guy like me, who has always been comfortable with his cultural identity while the rest of the world remained dazed and confused, can actually be comfortable. I’ve gotten creole, mexican, cuban, black, mixed with black and the occasional white boy reference since my time here and it’s been less than 48 hours. New Orleans has long been an old world city, where whoever you were, was good within these streets. Don’t venture too far out though, because the swamp is treacherous and the folks who live out there, well, you’ve seen Water Boy…
Florida songstress NeoPopSicle recently released her three track EP titled ‘2:59’. Anyone with an ear for quality music will appreciate her unique sound and the energy she gives off through her gift. Along with her unique sound is a very creative approach to how her songs were arranged on this project; “4th of July” is definitely repeat worthy. Check out the free EP download here ‘2:59’