WORLD’S 1st AUDIOBOOK IN RADIO FORM
Scroll down, you’ll find Elegy’s three foundational songs annotated, describing each one’s relation to the story; also samples, snippets plucked as fresh demos, and sound-biting nuggets supporting our tale.
In 1999’s full moon of May; our heroine, beautiful Creole chef Liza Lafitte is portrayed “Dancing down Dumaine, she’s dressed up real fine tonight”, then 12 blocks later is found majestically drawn to our protagonist; “Billy walks Canal, he’s coming down from some Uptown girl. Liza drifts his way, she knows he’ll give the street-life a whirl.” (Years earlier, these two had shared a powerful wordless encounter at Ted’s Frostop, resulting in each sharing sporadic but persistently intensifying dreams of the other.)
During Katrina, Liza Lafitte (now married to Billy) is “Waiting out the waters in the attic” starving with her Granny and three kids, while Billy is “stuck on that bridge, where no river’s meant to run”, while their Ninth Ward neighbor, the world’s most beloved popstar, Kid Waveland’s playing is heard for miles (“that kid from Waveland was blowing it like Satchmo in my dream”) before disappearing into the flood waters, four nights later. *co-written w/Kevin Bilchik.
A SAMPLE FROM CHAPTER ONE
On July 6, 1971—a night hotter than a Frenchman’s firecracker—a jazz-loving boy and his father are leaving Preservation Hall after a mysterious event featuring a strange blackout occurs between sets.
RIVERSONG (brand new century)
In 1998, former professional musician, now lawyer Sam Silverman completes a song he began decades earlier and abandoned, then a few years later discovers it has become popular as performed by Johnny Schwartz, a young New Orleans Tulane student from St. Louis, now rising quickly as a startlingly popular Nola roots-rocker.
SOC MEETS THE STONES
From one of our Five Families, meet Socrates James Boudreaux, born in 1923, a founding father of New Orleans R&B; he’s worked and played with everyone, and is considered the world’s undisputed “King” of Growly Sax. Of the rascally old coot; “If he wasn’t already so astoundingly real, some fictionalist would have to invent him” —Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone.
FROM AUDIOBOOK CHAPTER NINE
In Billy (Beatleboy) Silverman’s home studio, a spontaneous version of Whatever Lola Wants erupts with Soc Boudreaux pick-ing up on Silverman’s pianistic insistence. Playing the keys, John Colby with Charles Neville on sax.