Dixieland Forever – Mondays Finish The Story

Photo by: Barbara W. Beacham

Dixieland Forever

Little did they know when the photographer took their picture that they would find themselves trapped in a painting.

“The Boardwalk Boys” finished playing “Jackson Stomp” after the photographer left. That’s when they noticed this curious square floating in the air. No one else in 1887 New Orleans noticed it, but they did, and in it they could see people staring back at them.

For 127 years They and their version of New Orleans never aged, but the people in the hovering square did. Gallery owners grew old and died. New ones took their place. They listened to Elvis playing on the gallery radio, and later Madonna. They watched with amazement as cell phones became common.

Eating his gumbo, Slimfoot Willy listened to the magic square play Gangsta Rap in the gallery. He said, “You ever want to play that stuff, Porkchop?”

Porkchop DeVeaux finished his plate of crawfish. He picked up his trumpet and prepared it for their next number. “Nope,” he said. “For me, it’s Dixieland forever!”
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Here’s a New Orleans band called “Tuba Skinny” playing “Jackson Stomp.”

Each Monday, it’s time to finish the story. We start with an opening sentence and a photo from the talented Barbara Beacham, and run with it from there. Come and join in! This week’s opening line is: “Little did they know when the photographer took their picture that they would find themselves trapped in a painting.” Look here for more stories based upon the week’s prompts: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/mondays-finish-the-story-february-16th-2015/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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37 Responses to Dixieland Forever – Mondays Finish The Story

  1. babso2you says:

    Loved the story and what a name! Gotta love it Porkchop! 🙂 Wonderful story Eric! Thanks for writing yet again for the MFtS challenge! Stay tuned for the upcoming challenge! Be well my friend… ^..^

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  2. tedstrutz says:

    I think you have outdone yourself with this story, Eric. One of your best. A novel idea and entertaining. Liked “Jackson Stomp”, and you and Shea aren’t bad dancers.

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  3. Susan Langer says:

    Loved the concept of looking out at the gallery. Interesting and fun idea. 🙂

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  4. Another enjoyable take this week. Loved the characters names. I did connect with this one as once in another life I played in a jazz band and it was such fun.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! I had fun with the names. I’m glad you did too. That’s cool that you could connect with it. I love hearing that. I’ll bet playing jazz is loads of fun, because it’s so fun to listen to. Thanks so much!

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  5. I wanted to use “dixieland forever” somehow and just could not make it work. I love how you did 🙂

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  6. Another great take on a prompt and very intriguing. I would rather listen to Jazz instead of Gangsta Rap. That stuff gets on my nerves!
    Well done!

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  7. I love the idea of them gazing out at the people observing the painting. Great story!

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  8. You gave life to this story. Very imaginative.

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  9. Lyn says:

    It must have broken their hearts to hear some of the music that came along–not to mention the change in speech patterns. It’s a wonder they could understand anything 😀 Love the names of the band members – brilliant.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I’m sure it did. It takes a lot of skill to play jazz well, and these guys played it for coinage on the street, while they watched the far less talented become millionaires. At least they do what they love. Glad you enjoyed the names. Thanks, Lyn! 🙂

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  10. John Yeo says:

    Another very interesting turn of the wheel of fortune ~Jazz forever in the microcosm as the macrocosm goes spinning away into the universal future~

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yup. At the rate their going, it really will be dixieland forever. Some people don’t want things to change, and their microcosm, it won’t. Thanks for the visit, John! 🙂

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  11. Takes me back to a visit in old New Orleans we enjoyed about ten years ago. Makes me want to return. Love the music clips.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ah, yes. I remember seeing New Orleans as a kid. I sat on the dusty floor at Preservation Hall where these guys played the most amazing music. I’ve never forgotten that day. Glad you enjoyed the clips and thanks for stopping by!

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  12. buddysmom13 says:

    Awesome story. Very clever twist. Loved the idea of them remaining inside and never aging!

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  13. afairymind says:

    This is a great story! I love the idea of them looking out on the changing world in the gallery. 🙂

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  14. What a great story! I enjoyed reading it and I loved the music video.

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  15. Sonya says:

    So many things to love here. Brilliant jazz names, great way to run with the opening sentence and a skeleton snapshot of the development of popular music. As you may have guessed by now, I thoroughly enjoyed your story!

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  16. draliman says:

    Sounds like they’re happier where they are! Love the names.

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  17. Good story, Eric. Creative idea that they’re living lives set in time in there. I loved the Dixieland Jazz. Well done and entertaining. 🙂 — Suzanne

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