Allen Toussaint received the National Medal of Arts on July 10, 2013 in a ceremony at the White House. The medal is the United States government's highest award for artists and patrons of the arts.
"The work that we honor today, the lifetime achievement of these artists and these scholars, reminds us that the human imagination is still the most powerful tool that we have as a people. That’s why we celebrate their creativity and the fundamental optimism, the notion that if they work that hard somebody will actually pay attention. That’s why we have to remain committed to the dreamers and the creators and innovators who fuel that progress and help us light the way ahead, because our children, our grandchildren deserve to grow up in a country where their dreams know no bounds and their ambitions extend as far as their talents and hard work can take them." — President Barack Obama
Many of the songs heard this hour are available for you to stream to your desktop or mobile device. And here's a complete playlist of all the tunes that you can take with you the next time you visit your local record store.
SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION
But our favorite? This one from @goatsound:
...sure, write "mother in law", "sneakin Sally" & "Night People" & the president gives you a medal!!
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