Gardez Donc – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
The “Duhon” in Andrew Duhon is pronounced doo-hon in New Orleans and just a few miles west in Erath, Acadiana, where Andrew’s family is from, it’s pronounced doo-yong.
We’ll come back to this Cajun French issue in a minute, but meanwhile Mr Duhon is just back from The Holy Land with tales of the Messiah returning, though whether it’s Jesus the Christian Messiah or some other Messiah predicted by the Jews, is a little indistinct. Regardless of the savior confusion, Andrew tries out a beautiful new song that he just finished writing mere minutes earlier, about fear.
As promised, back to Cajun French. Charlie Wooton grew up in Lafayette and didn’t realize till he moved to Los Angeles as a bass player in his 20’s that he relied on Cajun French phrases sprinkled into conversation. One of those phrases was “Gardez Donc!” That didn’t mean much to LA musicians but to Cajun musicians means, “Look at that.” You can learn a lot from hanging out with Charlie.
If you’re a bass player you can learn that he’s in the same league as legends like Jaco Pastorius. It’s an amazing treat to watch and listen to him play (you can watch video of this show here – https://www.facebook.com/neworleanspodcasts/videos/316563699114891/) and a double treat to hear him play with the extraordinary Arsene DeLay
Cecelia Fernandes can trace her New Orleans roots back 8 generations to both black and white folks. If you want to trace your New Orleans family, according to Cecelia there’s a better method than Ancestry.com. It’s a guy called Gregory and you can go to the public library and ask for him.
This Gregory guy might know a bit about ancestry but the one thing he doesn’t know, probably, is how to get Americans off of opioids. Cecelia has strong thoughts on that subject, that include suing drug companies, and one-time Judge Graham Bosworth has a few ideas too, born of his personal exoperience with soccer moms who have ended up in jail.
Graham was only a judge for a short time after he was appointed to fill a seat that he lost the race for when the real judge who was constitutionally barred from running ran anyway, and won. Then he got kicked off of the bench and that’s when Graham got pressed into service. Graham is planning on running again so make sure you follow him on the Twitter account he didn’t know he had: @bosworth4Judge