Sunday, March 16, 2008


This was a powerful, profound, and deeply spiritual experience. Yon Gaines funeral procession was made more poignant as it was my neighbors who lost their son. Too many of my New Orleanian neighbors have lost their sons and daughters. Prayers for the suffering.

For your contemplation:

New Orleans Jazz Funeral

A unique funeral tradition in the United States occurs in New Orleans, Louisiana. The unique tradition arises from African spiritual practices, French martial musical traditions and uniquely African-American cultural influences. A typical jazz funeral begins with a march by the family, friends, and a jazz band from the home, funeral home or church to the cemetery. Throughout the march, the band plays very somber dirges. Once the final ceremony has taken place, the march proceeds from the cemetery to a gathering place, and the solemn music is replaced by loud, upbeat, raucous music and dancing where onlookers join in to celebrate the life of the deceased. This is the origin of the New Orleans dance known as the "second line" where celebrants do a dance-march, frequently while raising the hats and umbrellas brought along as protection from intense New Orleans weather and waving handkerchiefs above the head that are no longer being used to wipe away tears. WIKI

Jazz Funeral

Second Line in Treme encounters problems - article

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