Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson's memorial, our catharsis, and second lines

About a week ago in New Orleans, residents turned out in the 7th Ward to honor Michael Jackson the way New Orleans honors all great souls who pass on, especially the souls of musicians. They honored the King of Pop with a second line parade featuring the Rebirth Brass Band and others. Like many great entertainers, Jackson had a connection to this town. He connected to the world.

So, the city went forth June 28, before the formal memorial, with its catharsis, a mournfulness that bursts into release and joy. This is what the second line parade following a New Orleans funeral is, the rejoicing that shirks sadness. ... Continue reading at the New Orleans Literature Examiner.

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