Recently, when New Orleans suffered due to a devastating hurricane, a mock Jazz Funeral along with a Second Line was organized to signify “Katrina” was dead and New Orleanians should return home. Many brides in New Orleans enjoy their memorable day by arranging a Second Line parade through the streets. More recently, when the New Orleans Saints Football Team won the National Football Championship following a forty year losing streak; the entire New Orleans metropolitan area celebrated. It was a common sight to see as people ran out of their homes at the conclusion of the football game and Second Lined through their neighborhoods. Yes, I miss New Orleans. She is a unique city full of a long, rich history. She is the Second Line. She can be felt as you sway down the street moving to the rhythmic jazz. The soulful music bellows out of the brass instruments. I am reflecting on another time. I am reminded of calling out to my friends along the way to hop into the parade. I am one with the city and the music. I am a New Orleanian. To Second Line is in my spirit, in my bones, and in the very core of my being. I will dance, sway, and jive to the music, and I will “Let the Good Times Roll.”
Sutro, Dirk. Jazz for Dummies. Foster City, CA: IDG Worldwide, 1998. Print.