Au Revoir Les Bateaux was born in 1990, on the banks of the Mississippi, after a long tour through southwest Louisiana with my band the Small Family Orchestra. Happily exhausted after the energetic dancing, lively music, delicious food, and open-hearted hospitality of Cajun country, I found respite in New Orleans, gathering energy for another round of great music, dance, and food at the Jazz & Heritage Festival. Staying with friends on the border between the French quarter and the Marigny, I spent hours each day, sitting on the quai, watching the boats gliding up and down the mighty Mississippi River. With the sounds of Cajun and Zydeco music still ringing in my ears, this song emerged. I dedicate Au Revoir Les Bateaux to all the New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents who lost so much during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Many of these folks still have not been able to return home, and live in exile remembering this vibrant city, unique in all of America.