Back in the New Orleans Groove

Hey, have you ever heard of a band called KISS?  Ever heard of a song called ‘Back in the New York Groove?  No?  Check this out:

 

 

Not exactly a New Orleans song, though no one would bat an eye if these guys were walking down Bourbon Street.  In fact, KISS was in town for Mardi Gras this year.  They rolled on their own float during the Endymion parade.

A song entitled “Back in the New Orleans Groove’ would have a very different kind of feel to it.  It wouldn’t be so strident.  It would be more than a little more laid back.

New Orleans reminds me of New York City in a lot of ways.  Not the density or the pace, but the people.  In New York, everyone you meet has a scheme.  It is usually to become rich or to become famous, to somehow make their mark on the world.  In New Orleans, everyone has a scheme, too.  It’s usually along the lines of, “We’re gonna have the best Mardi Gras ever next year!”  Good memories are New Orleans’ main product for export and for home consumption.  Good memories are made in New Orleans.  Good memories are made on our street.

Let’s look at the lyrics.

Many years since I was here,
On the street I was passin’ my time away
To the left and to the right,
Shotgun houses low to the ground,
It’s outta sight in the dead of night

Here I am, and in this city, with a fistful of tourist dollars
And baby, you’d better believe…

I’m back, back in the New Orleans groove
I’m back, back in the New Orleans groove
I’m back, back in the New Orleans groove
Back in the New Orleans groove, in the New Orleans groove

 

In the back of the streetcar
A wicked lady, sittin’ by my side, sayin’ ‘Where are we?’
Stop at Canal and Telemachus Streets, exit to the right
It’s gonna be ecstacy, this place was meant for me

Feels so good tonight, who cares about tomorrow
So baby, you’d better believe

I’m back, back in the New Orleans groove
I’m back, back in the New Orleans groove
I’m back, back in the New Orleans groove
Back in the New Orleans groove, in the New Orleans groove

Etc…

Now read it again to this kind of music:

 

 

Back in the New Orleans groove.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

where every day starts with a curated breakfast salon of all things New Orleans.

Sunday, March 19, 2017: The last couple of days have been cold, the coldest day was probably 68 degrees (F).  The thermometer has been inching up since then.  Today is around 78 (still F).  We’re living the good life here in New Orleans.  Come visit us anytime to get yourself into the New Orleans groove.