The Music of the Big Easy

How the music of New Orleans has been instrumental in the city's history.
1:53 | 08/30/15

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Well, this is the sound of the big easy, back to life. A recovery ten years in the making. Tonight, how the music of new Orleans has been instrumental in striking a chord in the city's history. Here's ABC's bob woodruff once again. ? Reporter: In this city, the music is in their souls. ? as Katrina flowed in, musicians poured out. Thousands of instruments destroyed in the floods. ? Everybody sing ? ? what a wonderful world ? Reporter: But slowly, in the big easy, where jazz once began, the tones came back. ? on the streets and in the bars. ? ten years ago, people sought refuge in the superdome, but 13 months later, they returned. U2 and green day came to play. ? The saints are coming ? ? the saints are coming ? Reporter: And Katrina and its destruction had become part of the lyrics. Is there much music about Katrina? There is. There's a ton. There's a ton. Reporter: Like what? Al carnival time Johnson is a local R & B artist who wrote a song called "The lower ninth ward blues," that's really great. ? I don't know which way to go ? ? because my home is not there anymore ? Reporter: The wind and the water of Katrina did hurt this city. But it could not silence the sounds. ? This little light of mine ? ? gonna let it shine ? Reporter: Bob woodruff, ABC news, New Orleans. ? I'm gonna let it shine ? And the band plays on.

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