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    Ol' Man River Alive and Well?
 Here's a story about the Mississippi River written by a friend's father, John Lester, in 1948 but I suggest you first take a look at today's "update" by ProPublica, here: "Losing Ground" to get a more complete picture. Now, back to 1948: ~(By John Lester) "The Mississippi River, the Mother of New Orleans, has influenced the map of the modern world more than any other and all because of the great part it has played in the history of America. The Mississippi and its tributary, the Missouri, form the longest river on earth. The present spelling of Mississippi is a combination of French & Spanish.  Continued  

"The Natchez" paddleboat on the Mississippi River at the river's crescent as viewed from New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood. This is where a sharp, more...


 Song to Remember a Little Bird
Musician Mickey McLaughlin said he wrote the song, "'Good-Bye!' to a Little Bird" to remember a little bird he witnessed die in front of him "/all covered in black/ ...a little bird that British Petroleum didn't care about, obviously." His harmonica solo is as sweet as his question to BP is bitter: "Listen, Oil Man! / Tell me why / this bird only lands here to die? / I better hang my head and cry / and say good-bye / to a little bird / to a little bird...." New Orleans song-writer Mark ("Mickey") McLaughlin wrote this shortly before he passed away. It's about a little bird that landed in front of ol' Slewfoot (what locals named him decades ago) on his way home one day during the BP oil spill disaster. Continued  

"The bird was all covered in oil, and it broke my heart," he recalls. "I couldn't talk about it, but I did make a song to remember that little bird, a little bird that British Petroleum didn't care about, obviously."




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