Shannon Scott, aka, "The Bard of Bonaventure," or "The Storyist," is a 30 year resident of Savannah, Georgia and easily Savannah's best known storyteller at this point in his career. Scott has worked for national TV shows like, "Scariest Places On Earth," "Ghost Hunters," and produced his own documentary, "America's Most Haunted City" about Savannah, Georgia. As a vehicle, Shannon utilizes the story of cemeteries like Bonaventure, to commentate on symbolic language, art, burial traditions, secret societies, politics, romance, ritual traditions of many cultures and really the greater connections to the history of the world and present-day life.
As New Orleans is my home away from home, particularly its cemeteries, I was honored to be invited by talk show host, Jeff Crouere of Ringside Politics on WSGO 990AM to discuss a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans respective of cemetery accessibility and what the motivations of closing, limiting them may actually be along with other cemetery challenges. I join a distinguished company here with Mindy Shea Frazier of Visit Savannah and Jane Batty, Director of Louisiana Good Life.
As I sipped from my Hellfire Club coffee mug thinking about tonight’s dramatic Stranger Things’ mini-movie episode, one of the Season 4’s two “final” episodes, I was hit with a flash of inspiration respective of a direct tie-in to Bonaventure Cemetery. I’m ever fond of saying “All roads lead to Bonaventure,” as the history has shown me at each and every turn, but never thought it might have some connection to the cult hit TV series, Stranger Things. But it does, and at levels I wonder if all of the rabid fans of the show may ever truly come to realize. For good and for evil. I decided this video should come to pass as a way of telling a passion play of war, romance and doom. While its a cute video with a wonderful song from my teen years by Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” its meant as a personal devotion to history so powerful yet in so many ways gone lost from America, the world, and perhaps most oddly, France who’s connection to the story runs so deep. When telling this story on Bonaventure’s river bluff, its not unusual for my voice to crack, tears surface. It is haunting if just because of all things I hate war between brothers who without war, might otherwise be good friends. So the video while for fans of Stranger Things, its my humble attempt to re-tell stories of old or re-insert them into the consciousness of the youth or anyone of any age made curious for it. I hope you enjoy!