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MP3 David "The Nac" Naccari - Katrinalaya

The theme song for the rebuilding of New Orleans - a timeless hurricane classic.

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Katrinalaya - Theme Song for the Rebuilding of New Orleans

While refugees from Hurricane Katrina in Lufkin, Texas, New Orleanians, David "The Nac" Naccari, Sandra Hollan Thornburg, and Steven T. Jones penned a tribute to the resilient spirit of Louisiana evacuees to the melody of Hank Williams'' classic "Jambalaya." Their song of hope and determination is called "Katrinalaya." Katrinalaya echoes the shared experience of millions of gulf coast residents who were displaced from their homes by the largest natural disaster in the history of the United States - and their triumphant return to rebuild their communities.

Katrinalaya lifts spirits and says thanks to David, Sandra, and Steve''s gracious east Texas hosts and all who have volunteered their resources and energies in the cause of hurricane recovery. This cleverly crafted song utilizes humor as an effective coping tool in the face of great tragedy and is all-inclusive in promoting good will for people from all walks of life. Katrinalaya employs clean, family style humor in the proud tradition of country music.

From the day of its creation Katrinalaya exhibited all of the earmarks of a hit record. David and Sandra sang it poolside to fellow evacuees at the Lufkin Days Inn. They sang it at the Pentecostal Campground Red Cross Shelter, at the Salvation Army, in shopping malls, and on street corners. Each time they sang Katrinalaya, their audience members responded with smiles and laughter - and sometimes tears. Each performance led to invitations for additional performances - at schools, churches, the community health clinic, the elderly home - even at a hurricane relief benefit concert at the China Fun restaurant. In Lufkin, Sandra and David sang the song twice on television, on four different radio stations, and were featured in a page and a half story in the Lufkin Daily News complete with color photos. Upon his return to New Orleans (the first night that residents were allowed back into New Orleans) David sang the song live on ABC-26 News and was later interviewed by Susan Roesgen for NPR affiliate WWNO.

A week later David sang Katrinalaya at the Algiers Oktoberfest backed by Egg Yolk Jubilee. Two audience members spontaneously shouted "RECORD IT!" A woman danced in the field before David as he sang the song. Afterwards she told David: "I have lost my home, I have lost my job, but I have not lost my spirit! Thank you for your beautiful song." The next day a California National Guardsman told David: "I will remember your song long after I return to California." Earlier that week a Red Cross worker visiting the Tout de Suite Coffee House in Algiers told David (after he had staged an impromptu concert): "You have given us some of our best memories of New Orleans - thanks for sharing your wonderful song." When David sang Katrinalaya to the faculty of Gretna Middle School (where he is a Louisiana History Teacher) after his school''s re-opening, one colleague had to leave the room to keep from crying. Some other faculty members were also teary-eyed but most laughed with delight and good-humored resignation. David''s 7th Grade Social Studies students love Katrinalaya. David uses the song and other ukulele tunes to teach his students social studies content. Katrinalaya is also a big hit with the students of Isidore Newman School near David''s uptown New Orleans home. It''s difficult to accurately measure the positive emotional impact that Katrinalaya is having on residents of the gulf coast. One Lakeview resident told David "We lost our home as a result of the flooding and we needed to put my brother in a mental institution. When my family heard you sing your song on television, it was the first time that we laughed since Katrina." Most people who have heard Katrinalaya simply comment, "I want to buy that CD!"

It was hard to find a recording studio in New Orleans in those early post-Katrina days (most had been flooded out or destroyed from wind damage) but Debra Ponsaa heard David sing Katrinalaya on the streets of Algiers (one of New Orleans'' oldest neighborhoods) and she put him in touch with her husband, musician Allan Ponsaa. Together with bassist Wally Kay of Algiers, they went to the home-studio of Shawn Anthony in Gretna and laid down 16 tracks of music gold. Katrinalaya embodies all of the style and proficiency of a great country hit and is worthy of its Hank Williams heritage. You''ll love the rhythmic strum of David''s ukulele, the strong driving beat of Wally''s bass, the honky-tonk chimes of Shawn''s piano, and the wailing refrains of Allan''s mandolin. Scrub board, spoons, harp, and electric and rhythm guitars give Katrinalaya a Texas bluegrass sound that is nonetheless uniquely New Orleans. David''s voice is rich and resonant and rings with the simple truth of a shared experience.

Katrinalaya is quickly becoming the "battle hymn" of hurricane recovery. An architect from Hollywood, CA remarked: "Katrinalaya is the theme song of the restoration of New Orleans." In the early days of hurricane recovery, David performed Katrinalaya with Bruce Daigrepont at the weekly Cajun Fais Do-Do. David has performed Katrinalaya at famous New Orleans restaurants to resounding cheers and applause including Upperline, Clancy''s, and the Crepe Nanou. David continues to perform Katrinalaya at hurricane recovery centers throughout New Orleans. Red Cross volunteers, national guardsmen, firemen, and FEMA workers love Katrinalaya because it says thanks to them for the hard work that they have performed and represents the spirit and culture that New Orleans is famous for. They find it the perfect souvenir to take home from their New Orleans mission of recovery. Sony/ATV Music has generously granted a gratuitous license for the publication of Katrinalaya. Net proceeds from the sale of the CD are dedicated to hurricane relief. These funds will help rebuild the homes and culture of historic New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, which is in desperate need of vital resources in the aftermath of the horrific destruction inflicted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Since his return to New Orleans, David and his students have made two "from the field" reports to radio personalities Dark and Debbie of KYBI Y100.1 in Lufkin. On November 26, 2005 David appeared on CNN as he performed Katrinalaya for disaster recovery workers as they enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner compliments of Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman. David and Sandra fondly remember Billy Baldwin at Christian Radio KSWP 90.9 FM who first put Katrinalaya on the air and gave David and Sandra sound advice on producing a positive, memorable song. David implores Katie Couric, Elllen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Montel Williams, Larry King, Bill O''Reilly, Jay Leno, David Letterman, and other talk show hosts and media personalities: "Put me on your shows - Katrinalaya is the song that everyone in America should hear!" David also wants to perform Katrinalaya for the governors of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, and for President Bush at the White House.

Buy Katrinalaya now! Support hurricane recovery and become a part of history! 100% of all proceeds from CD sales at https://www.tradebit.com go directly to New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild our community.

Katrinalaya - Theme Song for the Rebuilding of New Orleans

Lyrics by David "The Nac" Naccari, Sandra Thornburg, and Steven T. Jones
Music by Hank Williams
Copyright Sony/ATV Music Publishing 2005

Good by Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh
Cause the whole subdivision''s now a bayou
Levee broke - no time to joke - me oh my oh
Gotta go contra-flow to where it''s high-oh

Oh, hurricane, you''re a pain, me oh my oh
''Cause the bowl that I called home is filling up-oh
Didn''t pack - what''s on my back is all I got-oh
Filed FEMA claims to ease our pain when we got out-oh

Oh, CNN, you''re my new friend for all the news-oh
We get fed six times a day by the Texarkanos
More Lousians in Texarkan than armadillos
Evacuees not refugees that''s our new name-oh

Oh contra-flow - we gotta go, to Lone Star land-oh
Get those Aggie and Longhorn fans to lend a hand-oh
Glad that I''m here and not down there, me oh my oh
Son of a gun, ain''t havin fun on the bayou

Thank our new friends and go back home when it''s okay-oh
And we''ll rebuild the city that we love-oh
Make houses high so we won''t cry the next time-oh
Son of a gun, don''t need more floods on the bayou

Creole cuisine and Cajun queens is what we love-oh
The best in jazz is what we have to make you smile-oh
Come party-gras at Mardi Gras and second line-oh
Thanks for helping save our city on the bayou!

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