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A Tale of God's Will - New Orleans, the first time

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While taking seriously this sense of the inexplicable character of any natural disaster, [Terence Blanchard]'s 'requiem' is more nuanced than this. There is an inherent theological sophistication to the work, as it offers up lament, affirmations of the presence of God in the midst of loss, as well as something akin to the psalmist's cry for justice and right order. Blanchard remarks in the album's liner notes that the city initially survived [Katrina]'s onslaught, and that only then, "the faulty levees that the federal government had built to protect the city collapsed, allowing the flood-waters in." The natural disaster - or "act of God" as the insurance companies would have it - was not without a very human, even bureaucratic, face. Indeed, this is the side of the story that most troubles Blanchard. "I was so frustrated and in rage. I wanted the trumpet to scream on every track, but I feel that God is using me to speak for all the souls in New Orleans. We're all still tired, but it's almost as if things have gone back to normal for people outside while our lives here don't matter."

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