The brackish waters of the Mississippi Sound near Aunt Martha's home in Gautier.
Each year for the last several we have had a Dixieland Band lead us in the old gospel hymns and the traditional, When the Saints Go Marching In. Its good fun and a reminder of the many textured history of America and the musical influences that developed here. I was interested to read that the Banjo, with its plinking sound, is actually an African immigrant that had been used for hundreds of years before the unique music developed along the Mississippi River during the days of Riverboat travel.
We make sure we spend some time in the French Quarter every time we make it back to Dixie. It is a magic place for us, and the sound of Dixieland brings it all back.