|2200 block of Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA|
Then, without warning----a blast of bounce music comes barreling down the street. You look in the direction of the source. It's That Black Truck.
|That Black Truck|
I like That Black Truck. I like That Black Truck a lot. It doesn't pass by our house very often, but when it does, it always makes me smile. Luckily, I had my camera at the ready the last time That Black Truck came around.
|It's a Renaissance truck|
As I was taking that photo of the truck's side, a voice from a loudspeaker placed in the truck instructed me to point my camera in the cab's direction. "Don't just shoot the side, brother. We've got a better shot for you," the voice said. Indeed.
|Men on a mission|
It was with deep regret that I watched That Black Truck pull away out of sight down Esplanade Avenue toward the Claiborne Avenue Overpass. The acoustics under the highway are incredible and I'll bet That Black Truck parked under there and let those speakers boom, boom, boom. I'll bet people were dancing. I expect there was laughter and singing and an all-around good time. Why do I think that? Because that's what happened on our usually quiet stretch of Esplanade Avenue.
|Big speakers project a happy noise|
I don't remember what song DJ Maniac was playing out of the back of That Black Truck. I may be confabulating, but I think it was a bounce version of this:
You never know what you are going to see in New Orleans. You never know what you'll find when you turn a corner. This is a magical city that isn't choreographed. It blossoms organically, one bright and incandescent bloom at a time, randomly, like a parrot in your garden. There are usually trumpets involved, but sometimes it is something more prosaic. Sometimes, all it takes for magic to happen is three guys in a black truck. That Black Truck. Now you know what people are talking about when they talk about That Black Truck and they capitalize it when they say it.
You'll discover all sorts of things in New Orleans. Your destination is known and it's gonna be full of surprises.
We look forward to meeting you.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade, a boutique inn in New Orleans.