Allen Toussaint has rescued the careers of many singers, but I never though he would be needed to help salvage the Times-Picayune. There he was though, on the makeshift stage in the Rock ‘n' Bowl parking lot for the rally to save the newspaper from marginalization at the hands of its owners.

Toussaint’s opening song, “Holy Cow,” one of his many classics, summed up the situation perfect, as though written for the Newhouse clan and their accomplices:

I can't eat
And I can't sleep
Since you walked out on me, yeah
Holy cow, what you doing, child?

Holy cow, what you doing, child?
What you doing, what you doing, child?
Holy smoke, well, it ain't no joke
No joke, hey, hey, hey

Give the Newhouses credit, though; they have united the city in a way no one has since the Saints Superbowl run. Their plan to reduce the daily’s frequency is universally disliked, and no one is dazzled by the talk of a web upgrade. “What’s going on?” a truck driver paused at a stop sign asked as I waited to cross South Carrollton to attend the event. “Is there free music or something.?” I explained that it was a rally to try to save the newspaper. “Oh yeah," he responded, "that three times a week thing, that aint no good.” Then he drove away.

Here are some pictures from the event, but first:

First my boss
The job I lost
Since you walked out on me, yeah
Holy smoke, what you doing to me, me?

Walking the ledge
Nerves on edge
Since you walked out on me, yeah
Holy cow, what you doing to me, child?

Holy Cow, Can Allen Toussaint Save the Times-Picayune?

Holy Cow, Can Allen Toussaint Save the Times-Picayune?

Holy Cow, Can Allen Toussaint Save the Times-Picayune?

Holy Cow, Can Allen Toussaint Save the Times-Picayune?

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