Soundtracks for disaster
I heartily endorse both Sean and Eli’s soundtrack choices for the ongoing tragedy in New Orleans (though I prefer the 1973 version of “City of New Orleans” by underrated country singer Sammi Smith). I’ve been spending much of my time listening to Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans, a 4-CD musical survey of the city that is brilliant in almost every regard (save for the inexplicable omission of the Dixie Cups). Its 85-track program features cuts by Louis Armstrong, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, contemporary acts like Galactic, and many, many more. If you don’t already own a copy, now is a grand time to buy one, because through the end of 2005, the profits from all sales made via the Shout! Factory web site will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.