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 Daydream - (Levees of New Orleans)


Title:    Daydream  --
             The Levees of New Orleans

Appears on:   Special CD Single for Katrina Relief 2005, and on the CD "Dare to Dream",  released 2007.  Sung by Connecticut Idol Finalist Denise Levasseur.

Status:   -  released
2005, 2007

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You can get the song  on i-Tunes or
from the CD  "Dare to Dream"

     When I moved to Connecticut in 1979, one of the first people I met was an energetic woman named Rena Johnson, who made her way to New England from New Orleans, where she was born and raised.   We met as founding members of the Connecticut Songwriters Association.  Rena  did not sing or play an instrument,  but she wrote many well-crafted songs which she asked me to arrange and produce.   One was a song about fond memories of her childhood in  New Orleans and the delta country.      We performed it in 1980 in New London,  where I played guitar, and a vocalist from Westerly, RI, Gail Armstrong,  did the singing.

Fast forward, September 2005:    Life being  as it is,  I lost touch with Rena in the 1980's and hadn't had any contact with her for more than 15 years, but I always remembered that song.     In September 2005, I was at the Independent Music Conference in Philadelphia watching  images of  the tragedy in post-Katrina New Orleans unfold on CNN.   Seeing the faces of the affected people and the destruction of their homes and homeland,  I thought of Rena's song and how touching  it would be if they could hear it, but I had no idea how to reach Rena or if she was even still with us, as I knew she was in ill health and would be about 70 years old by now.

I arrived home from Philadelphia the Tuesday following the hurricane, and that evening, my phone rang,  with a call from a local senior citizen residential  facility.   It was a voice from the past saying "Remember that song I wrote ? "    As she saw the events unfold, Rena thought of me as I had thought of her, and we were both connected by the same song.    I  thought it would be a great opportunity to use the song to raise money to help the relief efforts and Rena said to me "Take the song and run with it" .   In a 4-day period, I created new tracks for the song  from  25-year old memory ( I later found my 25 year old lead sheet to check that it was right). 

I thought it needed to be sung by a capable female vocalist who would be able to come up with a memorable delivery, and I found Denise Levasseur, an accomplished artist who was willing to contribute her talent to the effort on short notice.   Denise had just been named a finalist in the Connecticut Idol competition.

A complete CD single  was done in time to be presented that weekend at  one our benefit concerts, with copies available for folks who wanted to make a contribution to help out with the relief efforts.   


( Lyrics  )    

You can get the song  on i-Tunes or
from the CD  "Dare to Dream"