Parkland real estate that suffered a little bit of damage may remember Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans in 2005. When the Irishmen of U2 visited the Big Easy years ago, it was love at first sight. So of course, the Edge was horrified by the ravages brought down by Katrina in 2005. Since the natural disaster, the U2 guitarist has helped galvanize the city’s cultural recovery. The Edge co-founded the Music Rising Organization to aid musicians who have lost instruments and their livelihoods in the devastation. To raise money for the cause, rock and roll artifacts were up for bidding, including John Lennon’s sunglasses, Nirvana’s MTV Video Music Award and even a Jimi Hendrix guitar. Wow!
The guitarist’s first night on the top in Bourbon Street was with none other than his cultural icon sidekick, Bono, in the early ’90s. The two pop stars ended up in a little juke joint. They experienced a cut-down version of the Rebirth Brass Band. One of the musicians was a 12 or 13-year-old kid playing trombone. He was incredible and later went on to tour with Lenny Kravitz. But that child showed the worldly rock stars that the Bayou contains talent that you’re not going to hear anywhere else.
“The thing about music down there is it’s not really a business; it’s really a culture,” said Edge. “It’s so much a part of their lives, and it’s just very inspiring for someone from Dublin, Ireland, who came through punk rock to go down there.”
As many men and women in homes for sale in Parkland already know about spending time in New Orleans, you are in an environment where people are just playing for the sake of playing, pure and simple, with no other motive whatsoever. And U2’s multitalented members will be the first to tell you, from African tribal drums to ragtime jazz acting as a progenitor of R&B and proto-rock and roll, New Orleans’ culture must be embraced by all lovers of fine music.
The Irishmen’s charitable deeds do not stop there. Two years later, U2 released “Instant Karma” on an all-star album benefiting Amnesty International’s campaign to end the Darfur genocide. “Buy a record, save a life,” stated Jeff Ayeroff, the disc’s consultant and former vice chairman of Warner Bros. Records.
Titled Instant Karma, the work contains twenty different John Lennon covers, including the phenomenal title track by U2. The Irishmen’s mates, Green Day supply a cover of “Working Class Hero.” “Give Peace a Chance” is interpreted by Aerosmith, the Black Eyed Peas sing their best on “Mother,” while Ms. Christina Aguilera provides her take of “Power to the People,” and Willie Nelson delivers “Imagine.” The Cure offers “Love,” while Regina Spektor gives “Real Love.” “#9 Dream” by R.E.M. was already released to radio stations, and features departed drummer Bill Berry for the first time in 10 years.
Numerous Parkland luxury homeowners agree the release is the kind of political act that John would be proud of.
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