May 02, 2006 IT'S IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN By Senorah Sam Zydeco music and dance is special and the time we spend enjoying it together is special as well. Zydeco thrives because we are enthusiastically supporting the fine and talented musicians that make us feel good when we listen to them play Zydeco music. They are hooked on the music just as much as we are and they are doing an exceptional job of keeping it alive. It's a good feeling music that is infectious. Once you're turned on to the rhythmic sounds of Zydeco you can't let it go. You start looking forward to the dances and celebrating with others your newfound love for the unique form of music that makes you feel good all over. We all come together at the dances to have a good time and without a doubt we have an incredibly good experience. We sway our hips; we hold each others hands and we move in time with the music while our ears take in the harmonious variations of tempos from the accordion. The experience is elevated as the washboard, bass, electric guitar and drum players compliments every note. We openly express our love for Zydeco music and Zydeco dancing. Zydeco is about family. You can never be to young or to old to enjoy the sounds of Zydeco. It's happy music. There's nothing to compare it with because it's in a class of its own. Zydeco dancing gives us the best cardio vascular we'll ever want to get in a day. Zydeco dancing in my opinion is one of the best Aerobic exercises out there that you can do. That's no joke especially when the musicians and the dancers get a groove going and songs can last up to fifteen minutes. It's really happening and we just keep going because that's what Zydeco does to us. We just keep the momentum going and the energy keeps building as the dancers and the musicians become one in the spirit of it all. We thank you for supporting this Zydeco Dance Fundraiser. It's successful because you came out to support us. You cared and you are helping families that were defenseless against a horrific hurricane and we appreciate you're contribution to the cause. You have helped and we thank you. We appreciate the fine musicianship and extraordinary playing of our special guest Andre Thierry who has been blessed with a very incredible gift to play the accordion to the finest degree and make dancing that much more pleasurable. His dynamo band Jason Thierry on rubbing board, Larry James on electric guitar, Chuck Bush on bass guitar. Joining them were local musicians D.A. Bookman on saxophone, Jimmy Scott on electric guitar, and Phil Bloch on drums. All of their remarkable musicianship elevates Zydeco music to a higher level. I thank you in the spirit of love for the music, the dance and for each other. Remain reverent, stay positive and devoted supporters of Zydeco music and the outstanding musicians that keep it alive. Keep doing the Zydeco and tell others about this moving style of music that's in a class of its own. Congratulations to Rita and John Senegal, Louis and Mary Ravare, Richard and Barbara King, Howard and Lucy Citizen, Vernon & Tuts Simeon, and lastly T-Lou and Joyce Eaglin who were recipients of an award and recognized for their long time support of Zydeco music and dance. Although Joyce, Lucy and Barbara are deceased they were still recognized at the dance and are still remembered and appreciated wholeheartedly.