Ms. Balfa won’t change the mind of anyone who thinks there are actually only two Cajun songs, a waltz and a two-step (though different waltzes start their pattern on different beats). But these rigorous, hypnotic tracks could build admiration for the selfless, essential toil of rhythm sections everywhere.
The reaction of NPR's listeners has been mixed. Some have commented on NPR's site that the piece was "hilarious" and "quirky." Mona Bernard of Lafayette, though, writes that it's just downright silly. "It's boring and — despite your position to the contrary — reinforces the opinion that all Cajune [sic] music sounds the same. Any Cajun who hears this will laugh and think it's a joke. Really! The emperor has no clothes on this one."
But Eric McDowell, who listens to NPR in Seattle, isn't amused in the least:
I have been a supporter of NPR for a decade and I listen daily. Until today, I have never been moved to leave a comment. However, this was by far the worst use of my donor money I have ever heard. I thought I had accidentally tuned into "The Onion" or some other program. While I very much appreciate the humor All Things Considered brings to the table, this story was by far the worst single story I have ever, ever heard in more than 30 years of listening to NPR.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.