Ellis Paul

Sep 7 2005 - Hurricane Katrina

Posted: Sep 07, 2005 10:09:08 am  September 7th, 2005
CharlottesvilleHey y'all...
I've been watching the heart breaking footage from
Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and my thoughts go out to all of the victims of Katrina and to those of you with family and friends there. I am traveling to Houston and Dallas in a week and will be donating proceeds from those shows directly to Hurricane relief.I have only performed in New Orleans a few times, and visited there last about four years ago. One of my favorite times there was on Halloween about ten years ago... New Orleans is the best place to be on that night. A cable car went by me in the darkness with it's internal lights on, and I could see Dracula and Ghosts and Football players and Mummies riding around in there. I wish I had a camera for that moment.Culturally it is one of our most important cities. It seems to have survived the centuries with a unique personality of French, Spanish, African, and American influences. How it is put back together remains to be seen, but I am hopeful that the soul of the town will remain intact.I'm sure you all of stories of New Orleans in your life and hold those times close.Let's pray for a safe remainder of the hurricane season.See you out there!

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Posted: Sep 07, 2005 8:50:14 pm  For the last few days I haven't been able to get your song Dream Of New Orleans out of my head. I had to put in the CD and re-read the lyrics from your book...That song always made me feel like New Orleans was a magical place indeed.How kind of you to make such a generous donation...have a safe tour.Patti

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Posted: Sep 08, 2005 9:37:56 am  New Orleans is definitely a unique place. I was their several years ago on Labor Day with a friend. I remember it being the hottest and wettest city I'd ever been to, and I was living in Texas at the time. My friend and i stopped in at the desk of our hotel and asked what exciting things were happening that weekend. The clerk told us it was the Southern Decadence festival. We were excited about that, until he told us it was the largest Gay festival in the country, but being liberals we were still excited. We toured the French Quarter all afternoon and we kept thinking we would see this big roving party but we kept turning empty corners. Finally at one intersection we were stopped by a woman on roller skates who was naked except for a baby blue feather boa and her body was painted baby blue. She was kinda of like a French Quarter traffic cop. Once we meandered down streets where we left her, we came upon a sea of men. Literally. There must have been like 500-1000 men maybe more in this 4 block area. There were men in thongs, men in heels, mostly though without much on at all. But, despite having to wade through this ocean of chests and beads and paraphenalia, it was in interesting time. And New Orleans is one of the friendliest and colorful cities in the world.
god bless 'em

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Posted: Oct 26, 2005 11:57:56 pm  Hey Ellis -
We certainly did watch a ton of Katrina news here at home.
Question for you, last summer when we made the trek to your villa up north for that great outdoor concert one of your family members mentioned that they had come up from NOLA. Not sure if it was your brother in law or brother.
This stuck with Knox and he has been so concerned about your family members and wants to know that they are safe!
Every time we watch something about Katrina Knox asks if we think that your family is safe. I told him that we would ask you the next time we see you. (most likely not until Feb in Marblehead)
So do you or did you have family down there and are they alright?
You can leave a message here or email me direct at
peterlendall@cs.com .
Knox says hi and we look forward to seeing you early next year!
All the best from the Lendall clan.......
Knox's dad (Peter)BTW, Knox will be bringing his guitar and is ready to play along with you!
Knox's dad

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Posted: Oct 29, 2005 3:33:50 pm  Hey... I don't have relatives in Louisiana or Mississippi.. though I do have them in Texas, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Maine...thanks for checking in..

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