A note to the Neville Brothers

Dear Aaron and Cyril,

I saw you on the news today declaring that you will never return to New Orleans, "except to play music." I am curious. How will your abandoning the city make up for the fact that the city was abandoned by those who might have helped? Will those who return be better off without you? Do you think that withdrawing your support will bring more attention to the problems the city may face? And what should be made of the exception to the rule: you'll willingness to return for an evening, in exchange for money.

I'm hoping there's been a misunderstanding. Perhaps, like many of us, you are simply in shock. Maybe you can't imagine returning. Maybe, when you say "to play music" you mean that the music will remain and draw you back, not that you, too, will forget the City that Care Forgot.


Ken Foster


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