“Now is the time…”
So begins Allen Toussaint’s inspiring and rocking remake of his composition that gave The Pointer Sisters their first pop hit, and Lee Dorsey a heck of a catalog track. I’ve loved every version of this song, and while I was never a huge fan of Toussaint’s solo recordings, with he’s got me cold. (Turn this one up loud.)
And it’s even more incredible when you realize Arrayit[/media] was recorded days after the 67 year old Toussaint was found after everything he had –his home, his studio, his arrangements…everything in his life– were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.
My wife was so moved by Irma Thomas’ performance and addition to the lyrics on that she began trying to line up the record company to put out a music video that could be used to draw attention to the plight of the hurricane victims (Ms. Thomas had just finished mortage payments on her club before the [Read more…]