In the year since Katrina struck, the musicians of New Orleans have struck back with their art, celebrating the city's life before the storm and bemoaning its fate. Throughout the year, NPR has featured their music on the air and on our web site. To mark the anniversary of the storm, we have chosen ten songs that convey their spirit, their spunk and their commitment to Crescent City.
Dr. John: Clean Water
The lyrics are a little hokey, with a call to "clean all the waters in the world," but the Doctor's gritty voice and striding piano turn the tune into a no-nonsense anthem for his beloved city.
It was a 1973 hit for the Pointer Sisters. Now the song's composer has recorded a version that's tasty as a beignet: Touissant's soothing voice and savory piano, the soul-drenched back-up singers, the hypnotic chant: "Yes we can can."
The man with the bulging biceps, tattoos and quavering falsetto — part of a family of city favorites — led his honkin' band to conjure up the carefree Mardi Gras mood at the Higher Ground benefit concert last fall.