About a decade ago, yours truly was in attendance for a CBS convention in New Orleans. The first mixer/get-together of the week featured a live performance by NOLA legend Buckwheat Zydeco.
As folks mingled away in the Bourbon Street nightclub CBS had rented out for the evening, myself and a couple of others wandered to the stage and focused on the music. There would be plenty of time for French Quarter nightlife that week… but how many times could you see Buckwheat Zydeco up close in a private jam session? And if you already loved the music of New Orleans and owned some BZ CDs as I did — this was back before iPods, kiddies — then it was an experience to be savored and filed away in the memory banks.
“You know I always been lucky. I really hit the jackpot with you.”
Now, it’s appropriate that Buckwheat Zydeco popped up on the iPod today because a good friend of mine who was also at that convention down in New Orleans is finally walking away from the CBS family today. In fact, he’s leaving television altogether. And he’ll do darn well. Congrats, Frank.
And for those of you who need another taste of the world’s best “feel good” music, here’s a personal favorite as an added bonus.