They are always leaving their woman behind.

PULLED INTO NAZARETH BY WILLIAM BLICK 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 17

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DEAD ZONE
CAROLINE DE LACVIVIER

IMAGINARY CITY
ROBERT BOUCHERON

I HATE YOU
BRONWYN DUKE

PULLED INTO NAZARETH
WILLIAM BLICK

SICK
AMBER CIMORELLI

THE GIRL WITH NO NAME
LAWRENCE F FARRAR

A FIRE OF MEMORIES
AURORA LÓPEZ CANCINO

WHAT’S HE SAYING?
STEPHEN MANNION

LOST AND FOUND
ARMEL DAGORN

TWISTER’S STEW
EDWARD ALEXANDER

“Pulled into Nazareth, feeling about half past dead/ Just lookin for a place where I can lay my head”—this song, The Weight, by Robbie Robertson as performed by the Band, is an epic ballad of weariness of the road.

The road—the long winding road—has been a source of inspiration for many great folk singers, country balladeers, and classic and southern rock troubadours in American music. The Band is perhaps the greatest example of fusion of jazz, country, blues, and rock and roll, and they have had a lifetime of experience on the road to draw upon as a source of inspiration. Robertson explains in The Last Waltz, the documentary by Martin Scorsese about the Band’s final concert, that the road is, and I quote, “a goddammned impossible way of life”. Robertson like Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers Band have made a life of music and the road by playing in their early days in pool halls, juke joints, gin mills, in the seemingly endless stretch of the American landscape and imagination. The road is the ultimate pallette for the American songwriter.;;

 

 

AURORA LOPEZ CANCINO

I was born in Valparaíso, Chile, and started writing and singing in my head very early in my life to escape the tribulations and an internal sadness that exploded the day of the military coup on September 11, 1973. That day I was 13 and terrified. We survived 15 months of dictatorship and left the country. We lived in Japan for four years, and since then I have lived also in Europe, North America, Oceania, and Antarctica, weaving into my cultural tissue the nuances and contradictions of other landscapes and people. My ultimate dream is to grow old in a warm kitchen, a good drink in everyone's hands, sharing memories, stories, songs, and dances. Nobody alone, everyone real and connected."

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