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Fats Domino Loves New Orleans

fatsDomino Last night I was watching the recently made documentary about Fats Domino on Channel 12. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the whole thing. I came in at the last fifteen minutes.

One thing that was clear though is Fats’ love for this town. So much so that he hates to leave. In fact in his early days of touring around the country he would actually bring pots and pans and cook red beans and rice in his hotel room. He would have none of that bland fare that passes for food in the rest of the country.

I gotta say that I’m beginning to understand. Having been born and raised here but lived other places like Mobile, L.A., Washington State and Spain more and more I’m getting to the place where I don’t really like to leave, either.

I mean I’ll do it, you know, travel somewhere else and enjoy it but a part of me really doesn’t look forward to going and when the trip is over can’t wait to get back to the city. Is that crazy or what?

Fats’ perpetual smile, his joie de vivre, his good will and of course his music that could’ve only been born here is quintessential New Orleans. And it’s well known that true dyed-in-the-wool New Orleanians really don’t like to leave. In fact it’s a common story that many New Orleanians who move away eventually return, because no other place really feels like home. I am a perfect example for the same thing happened to me.

Yes, this city has lots of problems. But it also has things that exist no where else in the world. Only Jazz could’ve been born here. That basically says it all. And only New Orleans could’ve produced a Fats Domino.

Please leave a comment. Tell me what you think!

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  • Hey Richard, what a great blog you’ve got here. I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting that city, but I can tell you this. I grew up in New Jersey and left and have no interest in returning, so there’s got to be something magical about New Orleans! I haven’t been through your whole site yet, but wonder if you’ve got anything like information on good tours or travel agencies that host visitors like me that want to get the real feel, but don’t know where to begin. Okay, thanks again, and make it a great day!

  • Richard Bienvenu

    Hey, thanks for the great comment. Yeah, there is something magical about New Orleans. A lot of people come and don’t want to leave. Others come once and decide it’s home and never leave. This place is so rich in culture that it’s almost mind-boggling. Historians call is “the historians paradise.”

    The ground built out of alluvial soils provides New Orleans with a tenuous hold on the present. We know what our past is; our future, because of the shifts and wig wags of the Mississippi River, doesn’t seem so certain.

    Perhaps this is the reason this place is such a party town, a place full of the celebration of life. We indulge in the best music, world class food (New Orleans is the only city in the world with its own unique cuisine) and generous libations. We festivilize, trivialize, spiritualize and artfulize our day to day existence.

    Culture bubbles up from the street here and is constantly shifting, constantly grooving, constantly re-inventing itself just like the Mississippi. In all my travels around the world I have found no place quite like it. It is unique. It is one and only. It is a city truly in love with itself.

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