Hurricane Katrina is affecting all of us in one way or another, either from friends and family who live in the south or the ever-escalating gasoline prices. Then there is the sheer anarchy that appears to be happening with all the looting and completely unhuman acts that are happening down there. Its pretty crazy to say the least. You don't need my blog telling you that, there are some amazing ones out there of people writing from there, you should seek them out and read them.
I have also read reports about musicians in the south and what has happened to them- Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint were all a little worse for the wear, but were all found eventually. Fats was floating around in a boat like thousands of others. And I heard rumor that maestro of the underground organ tune and drum buddy inventor, Quintron, has had much damage done to his house and equipment that he shares with his wife, Miss Pussycat. According to one message board, his entire collection of drum buddies was destroyed in his basement as the city flooded. And of course he had no insurance. It doesn't compare to the loss of human life all around the city and region but it is still tragic. Please keep all these people in your thoughts.
This is from Skin Graft's website: Quintron and Miss Pussycat did make it out of New Orleans before the hurricane hit. The van was loaded up with their instruments and puppets - but their house, the Spellcaster Lodge and their belongings are most likely casualties of Hurricane Katrina. Pretty much all Q and P have is what they need to tour. As of this writing, M.C Trachiotomy, StrangeBone and other familiar 9th Ward artists are stuck in New Orleans to the best of Quintron's knowledge.
Q Electronics - Drum Buddy Intro
Quintron - Scary Office