…I would be celebrating Uncle Lionel’s effervescence…right in the midst of the spectacular Second Line to be held in his honor this evening.
Words escape me when I try to define Uncle Lionel, who used his big bass drum as a floatation device when the levees broke in 2005.
Beautiful Ambassador comes to mind, as seen in this Pearl Jam video, so completely worth watching: http://vimeo.com/19421235
Even though words escape me, I think this simple quote does justice to the man who was such a beautiful ambassador for the city that stole my heart 33 years ago:
“Inside Uncle Lionel’s bass drum is the pulse of the city.” ~Drummer, Herman LeBeaux
When I grow up, I want to be just like Uncle Lionel, who danced through this life with a big bass drum (or a sassy umbrella) and offered kindness every chance he got.