Dr. John

While listening to my "Dr. John" albums I began to ruminate over his accomplishments as a musician and as a person. I found his music extremely entertaining;



Dr. John, philosopher and musician extraordinaire; his musical philosophy and culture was NOLA, New Orleans Louisiana.

Dr. John's music spread all the varied aspects of NOLA far and wide. He combined elements of NOLA's unique Black culture which is mixed with "Hoodoo" and "Gri Gri" in a most entertaining manner.

Dr. John was "Raceless"; although he was of Irish, German and English ancestry, he was booted out of white society at the tender age of 16 when he was expelled from the Jesuit High School because of his close association with Black musicians, but those very same musicians welcomed him with open arms. That's why his reality was more Black than White.

A testament to the love all races had for Dr. John was his 2nd line funereal.   Dr. John passed at the break of day.



I don't know where it was, but somebody told us that was not the way to say N'Awlins, but my friend in basic training who was born in N'Awlinz, told me that was the way people from N'Awlinz pronounced it, plus that's the way Mr. N'Awlinz, Dr. John pronounces it, so we know from now on, there is no other way to pronounce N'Awlinz.

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This brings me back to tending bar and working the door at the Chestnut Cabaret in West Philadelphia in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s while in college. While was never going to get rich or even learn the finest bartending skills - the night to night music dynamic - and crowds that went with them was a life experience comparable (and sometimes more worthy) to my academic education at the time. Dr John - was one of those shows that would always fill the house - and the crowd was as diverse as any night you could imagine - wonderful music and amazing experience of humanity, and just plain fun !!!! Will always cherish that time of my life.
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