Thursday, October 29, 2009

[Country Roads] Dickie Landry, hand-painted signs, fogotten sculptures

In the November 2009 issue of Country Roads, I have pieces about the Emerson Bell sculpture "Destiny for Children" that stands largely ignored under the I-10 bridge, the living gallery of hand-painted signage in north Baton Rouge and one of my favorite interviews ever, Cajun saxophonist Dickie Landry, looking at how he became one of the founding members of the Philip Glass Ensemble.

“The first rehearsal, he gives us numbers: 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4-5-6, and I ask him what notes he wants us to play, and he says, ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well we are all playing in different keys, we need the notes.’ ‘You mean I have to write all this out?’ I told him yes.”

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