Like all of the Big Easy's great musicians, Slim was honored with tradition. In New Orleans, funeral processions oftentimes double as parades that usually include classic brass bands (Slim's was no exception) and are called second-line celebrations, dating back to the early 1900s when musicians would pay final respects to their fallen peers with a musical sendoff.

It's in this celebratory spirit that I dedicate this column. I don't believe what they say about the demise of New Orleans; it may take a few months or even a few years, but the city will come back. And until she comes back, here are a few songs you can ride to.

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