A local and lifelong resident of Arnaudville, Louisiana, Debbie LaGrange has lived with Parkinson’s Illness since 1999 and been widowed for 14 years. She’d been an Working Room nurse for many of her life, however because the illness progressed was now not bodily capable of proceed.  It was whereas she was within the midst of exploring different technique of elevating cash to pay for her in-home care that she had an epiphany:

“I used to be studying over an inventory of potential jobs, she stated, “when one phrase stopped me useless in my tracks: ‘Songwriting’!  I made a decision proper then and there that I might discover ways to write an awesome tune. My dad left me with a love of phrases and music. My good good friend instructed me I may do it!”

Her good friend was proper. With the unbound energy of tune inside her, she wrote her first tune and was on her means. Impressed by her Lousiana love of Cajun music, she began her songwriting journey with “La chanson des moustiques” (“The Tune of Mosquitos”), which she’s already recorded with the nice Cajun musician Louis Michot and his Melody Makers.
That report will likely be launched by Nouveau Electrical Data on August 28. She’s now written a full album of songs, which is within the works.

Invited to share an inventory of her 5 favorites, Debbie gave us a listicle not like another. It begins along with her fusion of two lists: 5 Locations I Ought to Have Been and 5 Songs I’ll At all times Sing.

Debbie LaGrange with The Melody Makers. “`The Thrill Is Gone’” is sort of a Swiss Military knife; belief it to get you thru any scenario which may current itself. “

1. “The Thrill Is Gone,” by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell.

A success for Roy Hawkins in 1951 and B.B. King  in 1970, it was recorded by many artists. This model of the tune was filmed stay on the June 26, 2010 Crossroads Guitar Heart Live performance at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Had it not been for a latest prognosis of Parkinson’s illness I would’ve been at that magnificent occasion.

There’s per week’s value of the explanation why it is best to save this tune to each considered one of your must-have high-tech, playback vices. I gained’t say the apparent. Simply know, it’s received cool throughout it. 

Right here’s my different motive for storing it in my “go to” file:  

“The Thrill Is Gone” is sort of a Swiss Military knife; belief it to get you thru any scenario which may current itself. Works nice as a break-up tune. It’s the right substitute for profanity. No must get all down and dingy. Hold it clear and imply, it’s the final word put down!

Substitution Listing for “The Thrill Is Gone”:

– You determine

– Acquired that shirt

– The social gathering’s over

– Elvis has left the constructing

– Dot gone

– I’m bored

– Kicked that behavior

– Go residence

– I’m outta right here

Subsequent time somebody tries to play you soiled, spin your new and favourite ought-not-do-me-wrong tune, The Thrill Is Gone.”

Rick Darnell & Roy Hawkins, “The Thrill Is Gone”

2. “Hoochie Coochie Gal,” tailored by Etta James from “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Willie Dixon

Initially ” Hoochie Coochie Man” by Willie Dixon; the title revision was by Etta James when she recorded it in 1998 for her album Life, Love and The Blues. This can be a video of a guitar jam that passed off then. The session was filmed and later provided as an additional launch to associate with the DVD documentary Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll.

All Etta needed to do was swap gender lyrics and sing!

Why ought to I’ve been there? Who wouldn’t wish to be in a living-room-sized area, entrance and heart, jamming with Chuck Berry, Etta James, Keith Richards, Robert Cray

Johnnie Johnson and much more expertise? 

Examine your pulse in case your reply is you! I’m there!

Etta James, Robert Cray & Keith Richards, “Hoochie Coochie Gal”

3. “Lucille” by Little Richard

Robert Bilbo Walker & His Grandaughter, “Lucille.”
Reside at Purple’s Blues Membership in Clarksdale, Mississippi. October 16, 2011.

“Lucille” was written and recorded in 1957 by Little Richard. However the model I really like finest is “Lucille” by Robert Blibo Walker, a self-proclaimed blues legend.

“After I was younger,” he stated, “I wished folks to be taking a look at me!” He determined to provide his followers a platform to face on. Robert Bilbo Walker constructed himself a stage in his locally-grown, hand-made residence to his very personal kinda blues roadhouse that he christened with the excellent news. He declared that “something goes” at this sizzling spot that’s shut by, but a far cry (and much sufficient away), from the Clarksdale rule zone!

So, make the mad-voodoo-magic, blissful/unhappy, down/soiled, as soon as in a lifetime, crossroad’s musical journey. Place your self in a Clarksdale, Mississippi way of thinking. have somebody ship you to a memorable type of discover!.

“You don’t see it till you see it.”

WONDERLIGHT CITY
A jook joint
Owned and operated
by ROBERT BILBO WALKER

I stay for the day that they discover a remedy for Parkinson’s illness. On that day I’ll be touring towards Clarksdale, slipping my model new blue’s sneakers on my tap-happy dancing ft!

Robert Bilbo Walker

4. “You Ought to Be Dancing,” by the Bee Gees
It was written and recorded by The Bee Gees – Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb – for Saturday Evening Fever, starring John Travolta as Tony Manero. I used to be so sick with watching Saturday Evening Fever. I practiced my rounds each time I discovered a while. I twirled with too many Tony Maneros till the midnight clock chimed. I saved the cash if ever I discovered a dime. I used to be coming to seek out him. He was speculated to be mine! After I heard the information I started to unwind! He was speculated to be mine!

It’s due to this tune that, as soon as in my life, I got here to fulfill with the “inexperienced within the eye” girl.

I’m grateful for numerous items bestowed upon me throughout my life’s run, most necessary, contentment.

It doesn’t matter what my lot is at any given time, hear what I say, I’ve stared many a imply enemy head to head in what felt like do or die, hand at hand contests, laced with extreme bodily and emotional stressors that every day challenged my need to exists. By means of all of it I maintained my sanity and simply sufficient wit to eek me via the attention of the needle. No place for the faintly.

No, fortunately, I’ve not as soon as wished to alternate locations with anybody, till that second.

I learn this someplace: “We’re the product of our elevate.” Judging from what I’ve seen and what has been sworn to me, I do know it may be accomplished, however, I’m disabled to cipher the chance that we are able to ever recover from our positive and regular two step to the highest or the slower paced sludge march until we drop. 

The rhyme n soothing rhythm or the combined up melody n missed steps stick with us to easy our path or journey us up as we dance our means via life’s strife and strains.

I stumbled, on that day.  I heard that the Princess Di would dance with John Travolta on the White Home! I used to be overcome with a jealous envy that was nowhere close to fairly. I ought to’ve been there. 

I later confessed my sin and did the penance. It was guilt, not sorrow or forgiveness for trespass that was my motive. A way I’ll spin it totally different. 

My need to bop is my Satan.

That day I’ll prance once more, I’ll sing till my finish!

“You Ought to Be Dancing,” The Bee Gees, from ‘Saturday Evening Fever’

5. Blues de Bernadette by The Misplaced Bayou Ramblers

The Misplaced Bayou Ramblers are a band from South Louisiana that performs acoustic Cajun music. It was fashioned in 1999 by the fiddler Louis Michot and his brother Andre Michot, who performs lap-steel and accordion.

The place was I on September 3, 2014? I may have been Jammin within the Van. There aren’t any excuses and no explanations as to why I wasn’t there on Freret St. in New Orleans, standing in entrance of Gasa Gasa with my nostril pressed in opposition to the window of the jam within the van van the place I might’ve had a transparent, clear shot of seeing whereas listening to some of the rousing items of music I’ve ever heard. Perhaps subsequent time!

Till then I’ll sing to Bernadette!

Debbie LaGrange
July 18, 2020
Arnaudville, Louisiana

Misplaced Bayou Ramblers “Bernadette,” stay in New Orleans with Jam In The Band



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