it leaves me paralyzed
I can’t look away
I hold my hands up to my eyes
but I’m blind and it’s too late
it leaves me powerless
to the brilliant blazing high
the way she moves her summer dress
leaves me paralyzed

La Rondalla bar

La Rondalla was one of the best bars in San Francisco. It offered a harmonious Mission blend of local latinos, buttoned up hipsters, dykes wandering over from the Lexington on 19th, torn up punkers, hippies from the Haight, and just every day folks hanging at the dim serpentine bar, drinking high-octane margaritas under the year-around christmas lights, and listening to mariachis blow their soulful sounds from south of the border.

Big Tom Gold was my go-to drinking pal there. We’d amaze at the age range of the house band, a Mexican family led by dad on violin and the rest, 8-9 in all, strumming guitars, bowing on fiddles, or blowing their trumpets. Everyone sang. They were brothers, dads, cousins, or uncles.The youngest were under 10 and learning their craft. And that’s what makes this song interesting.

 

Eduardo Garcia (L) and Adrian Arreguin (R) of Nueva Generacion

I wrote Paralyzed after a memorable evening at La Rondalla, and when it came time to record, … well it just seemed to scream for a mariachi treatment. I reached out to one of the top bands in San Francisco – Nueva Generacion – and started a discussion with the leader Eduardo about backing me in the studio. I came to learn that his group was the younger generation of the La Rondalla house band Tom and I would listen those many years before. Eduardo was one of those little tykes all sombrero’ed out and playing guitar with his dad and cousins. It is a small world. Eduardo’s arrangement on this song really brings the mariachi sound, and the musicianship is incredible. I hope you enjoy.

Bill

Music Suggestion: Paralyzed, Bill Magill
Drink Suggestion: Margaritas

Paralyzed is the most recent upload to a compilation of new demos I am recording this year from my Mirabeau Studios/living room in Aix-en-Provence. A click on the song name above will link you to Soundcloud where these songs are being shared. The url provided below will take you to the growing compilation of demos there titled Balm of Gilead.

http://soundcloud.com/billmagill/sets/balm-of-gilead/


Paralyzed was inspired by nights spent at the serpentine bar of La Rondalla in San Francisco, listening to the mariachis over cans of Tecate with a lime. To those of you who experienced this magical place, with it’s cheesy decor and eclectic mix of local hispanics, hipsters, gays, bikers, students, and every stripe of colorful personality in the City who knew where to find a funky vibe, you likely shared my sadness at its demise in 2008. Qué triste.

Bill Magill
Aix-en-Provence