(Still) Down in New Orleans

After the ongoing Katrina drama and Gustav's recent near-miss, thank goodness they are still making music in the Big Easy.

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All of us who are committed to not forgetting about New Orleans and to contributing to its recovery, however we can, can be grateful to Mayfield, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and all the musicians, both stable and struggling, who, like them, are keeping the soul of the city alive. As Mayfield told the CBS Evening News in May, music is, after all, "about communicating to people—what is the best about New Orleans, what is the best about America and how can we come together." It's a message that needs hearing, maybe now more than ever.

Tracie Fellers is a writer and editor who lives in Greensboro, N.C.