Bang! Cut and print it. Lafayette’s moving on up…to the big leagues (at the top). Add Horace Trahan’s name to the list of Acadiana musicians who have shelled out some hard earned chicken scratch (cash) from their pockets to pay for the production of a “real” music video. Yep, real as in someone who actually knows how to use a video camera and edit the footage into something that resembles a professional quality music video as seen on channels like VH-1, MTV (when they actually play videos) and YouTube.
Dig it. Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express have teamed up with Lafayette’s video director de jour Allison Bohl for a high-quality video of Trahan’s song “Same Knife Cut The Sheep Cut The Goat,” a tune from his latest album Keep Walking. "Ivan Klisanan (producer of Keep Walking) told me about her when we were recording the CD."
"The video makes it easier to understand the meaning behind the title of the song," says Trahan. "Me and my wife Chantelle came up with the story line for the video - we really collaborate good together. It came out great. I am true to my Louisiana roots, but I have a world wide vision for our Louisiana culture."
Shot at Lake View Park in Eunice, the video features the entire Ossun Express band with Horace Trahan on accordion, Rodney Bernard playing rub board, James Prejean on bass, Paul "Slim" Washington on guitar, Doug Garb on flute, Shane Bernard on drums and Daniel Sanda on guitar. Actors in the video include Ashley Duran, Garland Theriot, Maila Nelson and Philipe Billeaudeaux.
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DEC 6 Here we are, at the top of another bad list: this time, Louisiana has the (dubious) honor of beating out all other states when it comes to gutting higher ed funding, this Picayune story reports. The American Association of Colleges and Universities says our cuts (nearly 18 percent this year alone) are the highest in the nation. Three-fourths of the states increased funding last year, with the top spender increasing funding by 28 percent. This is a great legacy for our governor, right?
DEC 6 Blogger Lamar White Jr. takes a look at the creepy effort over in Baton Rouge, wherein the southern, lily-white area of the city wants to secede from the union, er, create its own "city" and take all the really fat sales tax cows with it. Turns out the group campaigning for the move is a for-profit corporation, and Lamar says that means its effort won't pass legal muster.
DEC 6 Blogger Tom Aswell tells us about some fishiness he found in the state worker's comp office. There's some confusion about when one guy started working there, and there's also some involvement by a GOP lege from Hammond. It's all just another example of the Jindal administration's actions that "defy explanation," Aswell says.
DEC 6 Edwin Edwards may think it's possible he will be governor again, but columnist James Gill isn't so sure. Edwards would have to get a presidential pardon to run for governor -- unless he wants to wait until he's 99, Gill says. But even Edwards' many supporters should probably hope he doesn't get that, because there's no real chance he can win, Gill says.
DEC 6 Here's an interesting post on DIG Magazine for football history buffs. It's about the Pelican Bowl, the Bayou Classic and the history of black college football. It's a trip down memory lane and the story of a "mythical black college national crown." What killed it? Trying to compete with the Bayou Classic.
DEC 6 Nelson Mandela became famous while sitting in prison, where he was a symbol of apartheid. But his enduring legacy was his ability to forgive, to reach out a hand of peace to heal his country of division and oppression, and the Picayune talks about this aspect of his personality. The story also reminds us of the more light-hearted moments Louisiana shared with the former President of South Africa.
DEC 6 We've all been passed by a nut on the highway and assumed the driver was on drugs. Maybe that's not hyperbole: here's a story from the Picayune about a guy riding around with a meth lab in his back seat. One wonders if his insurance policy included coverage for random explosions.
DEC 6 Here's a new blog in the NOLA Defender; it's called Shift Change, and it's all about cocktails. This installment by Rhiannon Enlil focuses on the sazerac, the enigmatic cocktail made with absinthe. But Enlil also introduces herself, a long-time NOLA bartender who has "a lot of booze" in her house.
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