I didn't mean to fall in love with her that afternoon, but the way she danced in the light, romancing passersby with her charm, it was impossible to look away. Once she had opened up her louvered doors and you had watched her curves come alive in the light, you had to fall... head first.
Music floated through each room of her limbs as she whispered sweet caresses. French doors and windows held you in when it was time to bid the humid nights goodbye. Hardwood floors mirrored against her exposed ceiling beams to cosset you in her hidden rooms. Green on the outside where purple sat on her insides and teeth brimming in cape cod white wood that she left exposed on either side so you could watch the clouds gather for their secret furies. Or the people go by on their uncharted adventures.
Then there were the books, towering over you while others nestled themselves behind that winding staircase that promised more; like all staircases must when they are out to tempt you. You sat in her corners as the light broke in to romance you—and remembered how you can never catch your breath in a city like this, in a house like this.
- The Tremé house, July 2016.
Get to know New Orleans' Tremé neighborhood:
"New Orleans is widely considered the birthplace of jazz. Some historians say the specific place for that birth was on a grassy patch of earth called Congo Square, now part of Louis Armstrong Park at the edge of the French Quarter."
"Mighty cooty fiyo!
I can hear the underlying intensity in the low, rumbling hymn, and find its source in a Mardi Gras Indian, clad in lime and turquoise feathers that surround intricate bead designs depicting an Indian chief. With his eyes squeezed shut, I’m not sure if he knows I’m watching as he continues his chant."
"The Treme Brass Band lives and breathes New Orleans traditions. The band often leads jazz funerals and "second line" street parades. They've been featured on the HBO series Treme and in Spike Lee's documentaries about Hurricane Katrina."
Featured photos courtesy of Emily McCartney Photography