It’s Sunday again, and I find myself rejoicing in the arrival of cooler weather here in New Orleans. I also find myself in similar moments of rejoicing uttering “Graças a Deus.” I learned to say this while I was in Brasil years ago, and now I find it a regular part of my vocabulary. 

I have an aversion to the word “god.” It doesn’t sound godly at all to my ears. After all, written backwards it does read “dog.” I see dogs as more “godly” than gods. Gods seem to get in the way of humanity where dogs aptly fit in and are essential parts to our being. I can’t remember a war that brought on by dogs. Conflicts, sure; but not all out wars. Just the word “god” is so un-poetic. If we all acted like dogs, the world would undoubtedly be a better place. Graças a Deus para cães.  

About neslort

Rick Trolsen – Trombone Rick arrived in New Orleans in 1982, after attending Berklee College of Music. He quickly fell into good company, namely the world-renowned saxophonist, Al Belletto; and was adopted as the first call sideman in town. He leads the jazz/rock group ”Neslort” as a vehicle for his original compositions. A perennial favorite for 3 consecutive years at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, “Neslort” has featured some of the finest musicians in town, and has released 3 CD’s.
In 2003, Rick traveled to Rio de Janeiro to record “Gringo Do Choro”, which features primarily Choro music from the early part of the 20th century. It wasn’t until after hurricane Katrina that he recorded the traditional music of New Orleans. In 2006 & 2007, he released “New Orleans Lullaby” and “Sunrise on Bourbon Street.”
 Then, in 2011, he recorded yet another CD featuring Neslort entitled “Mystical Scam.” His traditional group “The New Orleans Po’Boys”, will release it’s 1st CD in October 2013, featuring an even mix of traditional New Orleans’ favorites and his original compositions. As a freelance trombonist Rick has enjoyed featured performances with all walks of the local music life, and has proved Rick to be versatile and at ease with contemporary and traditional jazz, blues, reggae, big bands, show music, avante garde, and club dates. Performances and/or recordings include Dr.John, Clarence”Gatemouth” Brown, Joe Sample and the Crusaders, Gino Vannelli, Earl King, Marva Wright, Allen Toussaint, Al Hirt, The Dukes of Dixieland, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Henry Mancini, Rosemary Clooney, Bonerama, Stan Musial, The Woody Herman Band, The Temptations, Al Grey, Barry Manilow, Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, The Four Tops, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Cash, Harry Connick Jr., the CAC Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ellis Marsalis and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra directed by Irvin Mayfield, as well as many others that he doesn’t care to mention. 

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