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Mardi Gras Inspired Music Monday

Mardi Gras Inspired Music Monday

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Published by Greg W Sheldon
Fun music for the Mardi Gras time of year. Check it out.
Fun music for the Mardi Gras time of year. Check it out.

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Published by: Greg W Sheldon on Feb 21, 2012
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Over the years, I have developed certain classic New Orleans Carnival traditions of my own (as most people in this

town do). I am what you call a "ball-goer." I try to attend as many of the large carnival balls as I can. In 2008, I consumed a mass quantity of energy drinks and few thousand diet cokes, which provided me with the stamina to make an appearance at the big three: the Endymion Extravaganza, the Bacchus Ball, and the Orpheus Orpheuscapade. I'm still working off that hangover. Winding Down With Rex and Comus After all the revelry of the Carnival season, and the events leading up to it, Mardi Gras night has become a sacred "restful" institution in my house. Like a runner who has passed the finish line of a massive marathon, I offer those weary, exhausted souls one last hoorah before Ash Wednesday begins. With a huge pot of red beans and rice, multiple boxes of Popeye's Chicken ("Ain't no pawty like a popeyes pawty, y'all"), and the last remaining crumbs of king cake, my "tribe" gathers at 7pm on Mardi Gras night for the viewing of The Rex/Comus Ball on WYES. (*details of the Rex/Comus drinking game will not be discussed in this article. Thanks ~Mr. Credo). Meeting of the Courts Each year at the meeting of the courts, there's a particular song that is played over and over (and over and over). The theme to Rex is a song called "If Ever I Cease To Love." After listening to the play by play by the on-air commentators and Mardi Gras Historians (like Mr. Mardi Gras Authur Hardy), " If Ever I Cease To Love" is considered to be THE pinnacle Mardi Gras song, as well as the most traditional. Really, guys? I've never heard that song in my life. My curiosity was peaked and I went on a mission to find out everything I could about this ultimate Mardi Gras song. As it turns out, "If Ever I Cease To Love" is steeped in tradition and remains probably the oldest Mardi Gras tunes out there. After the founding of the Mystic Krewe of Comus in 1857 (and their nighttime torch-lit parade), the Krewe Of Rex established several key factors that would become staples for the entire Carnival tradition in 1872: the Mardi Gras flag, the official colors of purple, green and gold, and the "royal anthem" of a song titled "If Ever I Cease To Love." In classic New Orleans style, the song comes from a burlesque show entitled "Blue Beard" and features some of the craziest lyrics this side of a Christina Aguilera National Anthem performance: "If Ever I Cease To Love, If Ever I Cease To Love/May cows lay eggs and fish grow legs, If Ever I Cease To Love." Our very own Edward Branley recently told the fascinating story of how these insane lyrics have anything to do with Mardi Gras. So here we are, a bunch of hung-over, exhausted, sunburned, Popeyes-eatin' twenty somethings on Mardi Gras night...without a clue that this song (played over and over at the Rex Ball) is quite literally a key link to the birth of modern Carnival. If I Ever Cease to Listen to Mardi Gras Music You won't find the tune on many Mardi Gras compilation CDs. The song is practically buried under the classic Carnival R&B hits by guys like the Nevilles and even Oliver "Who Shot The LaLa" Morgan (yes, that's the name on his birth certificate). There are several great versions of "If Ever I Cease To Love" on iTunes ready for download. So if you happen to find yourself at your grandma's house on Mardi Gras night watching the Rex/Comus ball, impress ya maw maw that you know that classic tune that keeps playing over and over. Maybe even sing a lyric or two. The

oldest Mardi Gras song in the book is likely one of the most important songs in the history of our city. "May the moon be turned to green cream cheese, If Ever I Cease To Love."

Chuck Credo IV is a contributing author to GoNOLA.com, the Official "What's Going On In New Orleans?" Blog, with reviews of live music spots, restaurants, festivals, art and so much more. GoNOLA is what you want to do on your next trip to New Orleans! Chuck Credo IV is a fourth generation New Orleans musician. He is most widely known as "The Head Nut In Charge"/guitarist of the very popular New Orleans cover band, The Mixed Nuts @themixednuts - a group he began in high school almost fifteen years ago. Chuck also performs regularly with Amanda Shaw, Rockin Dopsie Jr., Newsflash: The Huey Lewis Experience, The Hot Shots: The Ultimate Movie Soundtrack Band, and The Topcats... as well as his solo performances and his all-blues project - The Credo Blues Society. Chuck has worked for years as a studio session musician performing on records with Theresa Anderson, The Subdudes, Gary Hirstius, and many more. He served as recording producer for the popular Holiday Angels Working Undercover Christmas charity CD project from 2003-2007.

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