Music is what gives New Orleans its soul. It’s in our blood, and for thousands of musicians in the city, it’s their livelihood. Many of them rallied in front of City Hall Friday afternoon to protest the city’s controversial noise ordinance for music in the French Quarter. While the legislation may be withdrawn for now, Twist reporter Deepak Saini shows you why their passion for music wont skip a beat.
It’s a musical message for the New Orleans City Council. Hundreds of musicians and supporters stormed city hall, challenging the city’s proposed noise ordinance with noise of their own!
Musician Pete Morris says, “Would you try to legislate how much file can go into gumbo? Would you try and limit how many shrimp can go into a po’ boy? I think not.”
Pete Morris is a musician with the “Wild Magnolias.” He’s playing his cowbell, hoping city leaders hear it loud and clear.
“If they want to try and legislate this, they should consider that music is the legacy of our spirit and the musicians are the soul of New Orleans,” says Morris.
There’s a notable face among the crowd. Roselyn Lionhart is a well-known street musician in the French Quarter.
Deepak: “Roselyn, what about this gives you the blues?”
Roselyn: “Well, I hate when they call me and tell me I got to go. I hate it when the police officers treat me so mean. I get the blues in the morning. Yes, you do. Blues in the afternoon. Get blues when they arrest me ever fire you know I get the blues blues blues blues, lawd have mercy, I get the blues. Wow!”
Singer Ingrid Lucia says, “If this passes, I’m gonna be singing a capella, and I don’t really have a big voice to be doing that, which means I’ll be blowing it out and I’ll really have a blues.”
Ingrid Lucia is one of the “New Orleans Nightingales” who’s appeared on our News With A Twist stage.
“It’s a hard life for a musician. We have very little rights and its very important to stand up and speak out. We do supply a large part of the economy that comes to the city. People want the music,” says Lucia.
From the looks of the rally, the music can’t be stopped.