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.
On Tuesday, National Public Radio's Melissa Block featured Balfa's solo triangle album, Plays the Triangle (which was also featured in the April Fools' issue of The Independent) and interviews producer Chas Justus about the project. (You can hear the whole interview here.)
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.
Lafayette native artist Rick Begneaud shines at AcA
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Friday, April 25.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lisa Boudreaux come and get your goodies.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.