Saturday, April 17, 2010
I love this show! So do a lot of people. HBO immediately renewed it for a second season after the first episode aired. It's about life in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina. It's heartbreaking, incredibly written, full of deep, complex characters brought to life by a talented cast and it's shot beautifully. And then there's the gorgeous music. I mean, what more could you want in a tv show? David Simon has done it again. Just when I was thinking of revisiting The Wire, along came Treme. Salon's Heather Havrilesky summed it up perfectly, "Treme is a true gift, a way to finally appreciate and embrace one of our most beloved but neglected cities."
Treme had me at the opening credits. Sooo good! I'm humming that song all the time. Click to enlarge.
I'm so happy I got to visit New Orleans in 2007 and finally understand what draws people to the energy, vibrancy and magic of that city. It's truly unlike anywhere I've ever been. The people, the music, the history, the culture, the food...wow.
Walking through abandoned houses, seeing fragments of people's lives and memories covered in mold, grime and dirty water, witnessing the immense devastation, talking to people who are trying to rebuild their lives and stay positive; all of it was so powerful. I remember crying while taking pictures, wondering how and why it's taken so damn long to clean up. And I remember feeling really, really angry.
New Orleans still needs help. A lot of it. Here's how:
Make it Right: http://www.makeitrightnola.org/
Habitat for Humanity, NOLA: http://www.habitat-nola.org/
Musicians Village: http://www.nolamusiciansvillage.org/
Global Green: http://www.globalgreen.org/neworleans/
From the series Notice, 2007, New Orleans.