New Orleans 10 years later and the power of music

Last week I had the honor or producing a new recording at the Ellis Marsalis Center for music in the heart of the Musician's Village of New Orleans.   The dates also happened to fall on the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.   It was a week I won't forget anytime soon.

The recording was for one of my favorite New Orleans musician/songwriters Chip Wilson.  It was my first time at the Ellis Marsalis center.   I must say that between the wonderful staff, engineer Daryl Dickerson and the absolutely beautiful sounding room there it is a session that will go down as one of the most enjoyable I have had to date.

Engineer Daryl Dickerson behind the board at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music


The recording dates also coincided with the 10th anniversary of Katrina.   Every morning before the sessions I took a long walk through the old city as the sun was rising.   There is a calm and serenity at that time that is unique to New Orleans.  Something very spiritual that transcends tragedy and is reflected in the people, the air, the buildings and the sky above.

I will post some of the tracks once we get rough mixes.  I am sure you are going to enjoy them.  I certainly am right now.

Chip Wilson

The incomparable Sean Harkness

Yours truly