New Orleans is more than just a place, it’s more than just a time or a type of person, music or art. New Orleans is an experience, New Orleans is a way of being and New Orleans is something like nothing else in the world.
New Orleans has a rich history and heritage that goes across generations and has affected people in all walks of life, whether they be young or old. It seems that even if New Orleans is out of your life that it always finds a way back in.
Take me to The River: New Orleans is the documentary follow up to Martin Shore’s 2014 documentary Take me to The River. Much like his prior film, Shore pairs up icons of music that have originated in New Orleans with relative newcomers who get to work with their heroes. The documentary also gives them a chance to talk about the music that has influenced them and the ways that their idols keep them going.
It’s such a joy to see someone like Irma Thomas meeting Ledisi and having her heart pour out at meeting the one woman who put her in music today. However, there’s also the family and fan connections that span across genres and generations. Take me to The River: New Orleans is a documentary for the fans who get a seat even closer than front row could ever allow.
Along with the joy that the music from New Orleans brings though, there is also sadness. Unfortunately, that means that doing a documentary of the history and music of New Orleans without mentioning Hurricane Katrina would be doing it a disservice.
Amongst those interviewed in the documentary are people whose lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina and the audience gets a thoughtful, but brief insight into how people felt at the time and how it affected the city. Although that sadness didn’t get many people down for long as they realise that even though some people may have left New Orleans after the floods, they took New Orleans with them.
Take me to The River: New Orleans is a joyous documentary about the music that brings life to the city of New Orleans and has no signs of stopping. A source of inspiration for many years, New Orleans will surely continue to give more and more every year.
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