Bayou Maharajah

I saw Bayou Maharajah when it came out: I enjoyed it, was moved by it at moments and remain pleased to have been a Kickstarter backer of this project. Back when I was a teenager in the French Quarter, I had the great luck of making friends with smart and wise older people who said to me, “you gotta hear Booker” and “you gotta hear Lil Queenie” and “you gotta hear the Nevilles” and so on…and took me to places to hear it all, see it all, to explode my Midwestern head apart. Booker in particular personified and played the song of New Orleans to me, which was sophisticated and street at the same time, with every melody and rhythm ever played by man inserted and some nutty talk before and after for good measure. GO see this movie when it comes to your town, buy it online if possible and know why we say he was the “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced”. Actually, you could just say the best piano genius New Orleans has ever produced, and that’s saying something. As our own Leigh Harris sings it beautifully on the tribute album on “Providence Provides”: “Ray Charles in his left hand, Beethoven in his right…”…/patchwork-tribute-to-…/id41748853

About DW

New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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