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INTERVIEW: Ladies and gentlemen, NOLA legend John Boutté

A YouTube video from 2007 can answer many questions about the New Orleans jazz vocalist John Boutté. Partnered with Paul Sanchez, his frequent collaborator, Boutté offers a stirring portrait of a flooded-out home More »

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INTERVIEW: Discovering the true story of Moby Dick in Animal Planet movie

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INTERVIEW: NASA scientist discusses Curiosity discovery, new TV special

Curiosity Rover on Mars — Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

Curiosity Rover on Mars — Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

NASA recently released news that its Curiosity rover has found active, organic chemistry on Mars. This is good information for the complicated mission, which is trying to determine whether Mars ever sustained life.

“Organic molecules, which contain carbon and usually hydrogen, are chemical building blocks of life, although they can exist without the presence of life,” NASA reports on its official website. The federal agency added that life on the red planet has not been confirmed, but “the findings do shed light on a chemically active modern Mars and on favorable conditions for life on ancient Mars.”

INTERVIEW: Ladies and gentlemen, NOLA legend John Boutté

John Boutté — Photo courtesy of Wendi Berman

John Boutté — Photo courtesy of Wendi Berman

A YouTube video from 2007 can answer many questions about the New Orleans jazz vocalist John Boutté.

Partnered with Paul Sanchez, his frequent collaborator, Boutté offers a stirring portrait of a flooded-out home state in the song “Louisiana 1927.” Boutté, wearing dark shades and a loose-fitting shirt, contorts his body along with the turns of the tune. Singing about being “washed away,” the singer offers a signature voice, emanating from a focused face with a half-upturned smile and serious look of musical determination. He fully embraces the song when gliding into a scream of “What’s happened down here / is the winds done change,” the beat kept by a simple patter on his stationary tambourine. The performance beautifully showcases the unique talents of a music man who defies classification.