by carl wilson

Crossing Things Like Hearts & Fingers


Fats Domino and Irma Thomas are both still missing in New Orleans. I hope they've either left town or climbed up high on Blueberry Hill. Obviously famous musicians matter no more than everyone else, but envisioning these familiar, beloved and now elderly figures lost in the flood brings the thing home in a horrifying way.

High water risin', six inches 'bove my head
Coffins droppin' in the street
Like balloons made out of lead
Water pourin' into Vicksburg, don't know what I'm going to do
"Don't reach out for me," she said
"Can't you see I'm drownin' too?"
It's rough out there
High water everywhere

- Bob Dylan, High Water (for Charley Patton)

Update: Fats found. [10:15 pm]

Friday update: Irma Thomas has been located too. Thank goodness. Here is an email she reportedly sent, which is making the rounds: "Hello Jef, I am doing as well as expected under the conditions. I am in Gonzales, LA with my husband's Aunt. You may send some money to help my daughter who lost everything. She is out here with my sister-in-law untill she can get fare to go to California, until we can get back into New Orleans. I am doing okay for now but I don't know how long it will be before I can get help from FEMA. Thanks for being concerned. You may send help to: P.O. Box 1274, Gonzales, LA 70707-1274. Tell all of my Fans I thank them. Love, Irma."

On the other hand, as mentioned in the Comments, the condition of Alex Chilton is still uncertain.

News | Posted by zoilus on Thursday, September 01 at 06:16 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (10)



Thank you for the info!

Posted by Mune on September 17, 2005 08:59 AM



During the Connick/Marsalis/country guy hurricane relief thing on NBC Kanye West just broke from script and said on national US television "George Bush doesn't care about black people" - then they cut away REAL fast - somehow I don't think he was reading from the teleprompter. I find this interesting thought I would share it.

Posted by originalspin on September 2, 2005 07:48 PM



There's no reason to infer from the fact that we care about artists we respect that we don't care about anyone else. This is a music site. It's of interest. Get off your high horse.

Posted by zoilus on September 2, 2005 12:07 PM



Sorry, but who gives a shit about individual musicians? Can we please suspend our music geek myopia when tens of thousands of people are starving and drowning in the streets?

Posted by Dylan on September 2, 2005 12:06 PM



I was going to leave a comment updating you on them finding Fats, but you saw it right when I did apparently.
Now if we can just get them to send food and soldiers, we'll all be happy right?

Posted by whb on September 2, 2005 10:23 AM



However, R.L. Burnside has died, though it's unrelated to the Hurricane.

Posted by Chris on September 2, 2005 10:04 AM



irma thomas took lucinda's advice and took a bus to baton rouge. word is she's safe.
so are quintron and miss pussycat--they salvaged all their instruments and puppets but lost everything else.
where are the nevilles? the meters? alan toissant was spotted in the superdome.

Posted by barclay on September 2, 2005 09:45 AM



update on Chilton - apparently he was alright after the initial hurricane hit on Monday but hasn't been heard from since.

They're keeping tabs on the Posies message board:

Posted by frank on September 2, 2005 09:09 AM



update - Chilton is apparently all right.

Posted by frank on September 1, 2005 10:20 PM



According to Billboard, Fats Domino has been rescued:

But Alex Chilton is still unaccounted for...

Posted by frank on September 1, 2005 09:07 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson