Journey Home is the story of Danny and his friends giving it one more try as they venture through Florida and Louisiana looking for a steady gig and something to eat. Journey Home is the exploration of life and its realities, its beauty and its tragedy. Deep and well written it is provocative, and inspiring as the characters lives are laid bare for all the world to see. Profound and twisting their lives take them from an old brothel in Florida straight into the heart of New Orleans a city fraught with crime, indifference and ancient evils. Along the way they meet a vast array of characters including an aspiring actress, an underworld figure, drug dealing teenagers, an old hippie, and a homeless woman.
Filled with unlikely heroes and surrounded by mayhem there are serious issues and situations that confront each one of them. Their wild and chaotic ride forces them to run and hide from a crazy world only to come to terms with themselves and it all.
Burke takes us to a town that is a microcosm of the modern society we have created. The characters are in their individual ways disillusioned and broken souls. But even so, they have their dreams and their music. Whether they will eventually fulfill their dreams or not is only one of the interesting points of the book. More than a fictional chronicle of a group on the road, Journey Home is a philosophical exploration of life and its realities. With protagonists that live and breathe music, this book no doubt will please music lovers. Subtle musical references are made throughout the book. But this work is not merely about music. Paul Burke makes an ultimate statement about life and living, one that will inspire and challenge every human being about the world we have built for ourselves.
Paul Burke has a long and rich background in the visual arts, broadcasting, music and theater. He has been creating in one medium or another for over thirty years. He spent ten of those years as a leading contributor to WLFR, a public radio station he helped to start, guide and define. He championed and interviewed individual artists such as Doc Watson, Tom Rush, Rory Block, and Arlo Guthrie. His show was dedicated to non-commercial artists and environmental causes. Through WLFR, grass roots organizations were able to express their civic concerns stopping a trash incinerator in an ecologically sensitive waterway in one instance, and moving a manufacturer to recycle in another.
Journey Home is the result of the thirty plus years spent in the world of audio and visual arts, performing at small venues, touring with a national theater group, and championing environmental activism.
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