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Greetings from The Big Easy!

After 5 years in the Big Apple, here I am, back in the Big Easy!

It has been almost 20 years since I have been coming to New Orleans, staying for a couple of months at a time, and contemplating moving here. But it is not that easy. The nickname is deceiving. It is a special place. Not only you do have to be ready for it, but it also has to be ready for you!

By the end of my first night out at BJ’s, one of the few bars/music venues in the Bywater neighborhood, I felt at home. I had made a few friends, and colorful characters told me that being adopted by the neighborhood was a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted: those who do wouldn’t last long.

Since then I have been performing every week at the BJ’s Monday Night Special Open-Mic/Revue hosted by the truculent Ryan Scully, and also got to experience electric shows by local legends Little Freddie King and Lavelle “Butch” Trivette, while savoring the traditional rice and beans offered by the house. In the daytime I hit the French Quarter on a bicycle with wheels more oval than round, and go pay my dues to the blues under the hot July sun, busking for a few bucks in front of the Cafe du Monde, or the Rouses on Royal Street, until my shirt is so wet that it seems to be made of leather.

Locals had told me repeatedly that Summer was the most difficult time of the year to move here: the city is half-deserted and it’s hard to find a job; the heat and humidity can drive people crazy…and did I mention the mosquito population? However, I have been thinking that if it is as hard as it gets, the good news is that now I know I can take it!

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Whoohah, it’s happening!

thanking the universe in prince vaillant's garden

thanking the universe in prince vaillant's garden

prince vaillant

prince vaillant

diako diakoff

sante!

sante!

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This project begins a new adventure. It allows me to finally share both my music and the things I love. I’ve faced a rather hard challenge throughout my life, which has been (and remains to be) living by the song I sing. In other words, keeping it real. During all these years and to this day only one record was actually released (besides a few tracks on various compilations). However, every project was conceived and produced with the intent of becoming a “proper” record. Up until now I hadn’t found a way to bypass this big music industry mess.

What you hear, watch, read, etc, like it or not, is what compels me. Most importantly, it is the result of meetings and collaborations with people who have given me great support, dedication and friendship. Without them, none of this would be possible.

Last, thanks to The Great Mystery, I met Prince Vaillant. His enthusiasm for my work, and his friendship, restored my heart. This project became his very own. He listened tirelessly to all my stories and composed this beautiful site from drawings on dirty napkins.

Posted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in News | Add a comment