Compassionate Conservative Serenades Survivors
An unnamed musician calling himself the Anonymous Singer of Songs (or A.S.S. for short) and identifying himself as a compassionate conservative brought a tear to the eye of a woman left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. He explained later to this reporter that he always tried to blend his virtuoso guitar playing with simple old-time ballads that he felt would suit his audience.
When asked what he had performed for this lady that had moved her so, he strummed his slightly out of tune guitar and broke into song:
"Oh, in Dixieland where I was born
Twas early on one frosty morn
Look away, look away
Look away Dixieland ... "
When this reporter gently suggested to the A.S.S. that Dixieland might not be the most appropriate song to comfort a grieving person who had just lost everything they owned, especially when the reason for that loss might be at least partly attributable to them being poor and black, the A.S.S. replied, "Oh, I get it! She's from Northern New Orleans!"