James Franklin

The Importance Of Collaboration.

Anyone who has followed my music for a while or personally knows me knows that I love New Orleans music. Now, the reason I do is because it is funky as fuck. BUT, Beyond that, New Orleans has taught me a lot about the world and The Importance Of Collaboration. Now, almost anyone, musical or not, can listen to New Orleans music and understand that it is different. Why is it different? New Orleans is different because of collaboration, more specifically, the collaboration of different races and cultures.

New Orleans music could not have been created without the French and Spanish roots, the European immigrants and the African influence. I mean, come on people!, without New Orleans music and the cultural melting pot it is, we wouldn't have Jazz, the music you know and love WOULD NOT EXIST.

So, as I look at the world today, as I read the news, browse the internet or watch TV, I see the idea of segregation still being promoted. I see many people opposing these views as well, but I still see individuals in influential positions promoting segregation and claiming that certain people don't deserve things because of their colour, sexuality and/or religion. When I hear this I think, What can New Orleans teach us about everyday life today? It can teach us to listen. It can teach us that no one country or landmass was built for only one race, culture or sexuality but for all to come together and COLLABORATE, EMANCIPATE and LIBERATE. Too many rhymes? Sorry.

 

That's all I have to say on that topic, but whilst you're here, check out this video from New Orleans Legend Allen Toussaint's Jazz Funeral - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nURb5geCD5w

It is a traditional New Orleans Jazz funeral. Truly beautiful. As the coffin leaves the Chapel the band begins with a somber tune, before getting into upbeat, swinging kind of groove, then as they go down the street, people that weren't involved in the funeral can join the party of people and together with the funeral-goers, they become the "Second Line"... x

 

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