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New Orleans: from Hell to Hope

August 30, 2010

  Yesterday was the 5-year anniversary of an event that still mars too many memories – the day that Hurricane Katrina swept along the Gulf Coast and through New Orleans causing unaccountable destruction and loss and grief.  But despite it all, hope and optimism never lost their voices, and today, with painstaking effort and dedication, the Gulf is emerging, phoenix-like, out of the mire of its recent past.

Fueled by the events of August 29, 2005, Ted Hearne wrote “Katrina Ballads” a few years ago, using the words of flood survivors, relief workers, politicians, and celebrities to create a collection of songs that paint a picture of those devastating days.  Lest we forget.  Here’s one of them: 

(The above song is based on “To some extent, I think we’ve been lulled to sleep”, a quote by Marc Levitan – then-director of Louisiana State University’s hurricane center – in regards to the grave danger New Orleans would be in should it ever be hit by a large storm.  This was predicted almost 4 years before Katrina.)

See www.katrinaballads.com for more details and other clips.

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