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One of the landmark songs of Carnival is “They All Asked For You” by the Meters. If you ever find yourself in a grumpy mood or just feeling bogged down by inertia put this cut on and you will immediately be lifted onto a higher plane.

It’s impossible to believe that this song is over four decades old. It sounds like it was released this morning.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Earl King would’ve turned 86 years old a couple days ago. He passed back in 2003; killed by that deadly brute, diabetes or “the sugar” as the old folks around the 9th Ward call it. King penned a litany of New Orleans carnival classics including one of my favorites, “Do-Re-Mi.”

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We’re pre-gaming the Krewe Bohème parade that’s rolling in downtown New Orleans tonite by blasting Oliver Morgan’s essential r&b 45 “Roll Call”

Oh, and that’s a shot of one of the sweetest baby dolls in the entire city: the lovely Carol Harris aka Baby Doll Kit.

“Roll Call” dropped way back in 1966 on the Seven B label. Eddie Bo wrote and arranged the song and that’s Oliver Morgan shouting his lungs out.

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

One of the simplest and greatest foods in the southern canon: golden hominy.

I like it simmered low and slow with chicken stock, onions, and smoked pork Our friends in old Mexico cook it much the same way but hit the cook pot with plenty hot chiles. A squeeze of lime juice at the end will fortify the dish most pleasingly.

Dried hominy kernels plump up to a factor of 10. The amount pictured will feed eight people at the end of the cooking session.