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Elizabeth Cook
weld 1 [weld] - verb (used with object) 1. to unite or fuse (as pieces of metal) by hammering, compressing, or the like, esp. after rendering soft or pasty by heat, and sometimes with the addition of fusible material like or unlike the pieces to be united. I m not a welder, at least not in the typical sense of the trade. But my daddy is, by way of the 2300 hours of training that certified him, courtesy of the Atlanta Federal penitentiary. I myself couldn t put a rod in the thingamajig. And heavy equipment makes me nervous. But I do tend to fuse things, confuse things, sometimes with sparks, sometimes like a lava melt, sometimes backed by a tank of compressed air ready to blow, sometimes quiet as a slow leak. The beauty of writing, recording, gigging and the like, to me is, when it s right, it comes together with a glow in my soul, so intense it pierces a hot afternoon like a hissing firecracker. Don t look at it directly...it ll burn your eyes! mama used to yell. I stood bare footed hanging on the inside of the screen door of our Florida patio. I loved watching Cook s Welding at work in our tiny dirt yard. It was so hard not to look. Couldn t help but look. And the rawness of my new album Welder is case and point. Apparently, I still can t help but look.

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