In this episode of Confetti Park, we hear from Anthony Dopsie, accordion player with Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters.
Anthony explains his role in the band ("I put the choo choo to the boogaloo!") and he shares a childhood memory about growing up in a musical family. The Dopsies are Louisiana royalty—Anthony's father was Rockin' Dopsie, Sr., famed zydeco accordionist. (Check out this interview with Anthony's brother, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr.)
Says Anthony: "What got me into music was I started knowing that my dad was famous. He was just my Daddy, you know.... But when I got older and started seeing my dad on TV, and all the kids would want to come by, I said, 'Well, that's my dad, and I want to be like him one day!'"
Anthony also offers some good advice to kids about how to carve out your own niche in this world. Take a look around, and think about who you are, where you come from.....what are the things you really love, that maybe you take for granted? Maybe the answer is right in front of you.
"I really love my music. I really love my culture," says Anthony. "I advise all the kids today to never forget where you come from. It starts off as a kid.... we all started from a flower. You keep watering that flower, one day that flower is gonna grow."
What colorful, beautiful flowers we grow in Louisiana!
Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana.
This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order:
The Confetti Park hosted by Katy Hobgood Ray, features music and stories spun in Louisiana. It showcases songs that kids love, songs created for kids, and songs created by kids. Sparkling interviews, in-studio performances, delightful music medleys, jokes, local author storytime, and a little surprise lagniappe make for an entertaining show!
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Every year when the leaves start to fall, I visit my Grandpa and we have a ball.
With snoballs, streetcars, beignets, and the Dome, New Orleans is a place he is proud to call home.
So begins this adorable love letter to New Orleans, as told through the eyes of a child who is visiting her grandfather.
Many of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and wonderful attractions of the city are featured in this aural tour of New Orleans. From the Audubon Zoo to City Park, from the Mississippi River to the Lake Pontchartrain, Patricia Reece of Slidell, Louisiana gathers up the aspects of New Orleans that she has learned to cherish through a loving, nurturing relationship (and friendship) with her grandpa.
For Patricia and her grandfather, nothing can beat Gumbo, Fried Cheese, the Saints and Drew Brees.
New Orleans jazz vocalist Jayna Morgan shares a music memory from her childhood in this episode of Confetti Park.
Jayna, who sings with the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band and the Swing Setters (among others), recalls the happiness of sharing music with her mother. When Jayna was a child, they would go fishing together, and whenever they would sit on the wharf, her mother would sing to her.
Sharing songs as a family can build a lifetime love of music, as we have seen with Jayna. She is a very active entertainer on the South Louisiana scene. In addition to performing with several bands, she is also a booking agent at 11th Commandment Records, owner of Fleur Decuers, and her in her spare time, a swing dancer and Lindy hopper.
Check out this interview with Jayna and the Swing Setters, a group that plays kids music jazz-style.
Confetti Park is a community radio program out of New Orleans. We feature local storytellers and songs that kids love, songs created for kids, or created by kids, right here in Louisiana. This medley of kids music shows the diversity of Louisiana musicians. Songs featured in this episode, in order: