Throw a rock in New Orleans and you're likely to hit a singer/musician, and apparently that's true even if the rock taps the city's mayor, Mitch Landrieu. He did his part Tuesday night at the city's Pay It Forward benefit for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. The Times Picayune reports:
During the first of three hours of music at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 20, Landrieu sang “This City," an ode to New Orleans resiliency Steve Earle composed for HBO’s “Treme.” The mayor, for whom musical theater was at one point a career ambition, was accompanied by an understated, appropriately somber brass ensemble and professional singer-songwriter Susan Cowsill. But he carried the tune, acquitting himself on such lyrics as “this city won't wash away, this city won't ever drown.” He earned one of the night's loudest and longest cheers.Landrieu also plays the trumpet and has been participating in Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews's Horns for Schools project.
The Pay It Forward foundation was established in 2011, according to the Times Picayune, to help Mississippi flood victims and it's been extended to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. New Orleans residents continue to be grateful for all the help that came its way from their fellow Americans and friends abroad. I wish I had been there last night. Read more at NOLA.com.