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3:14 / Allegory part 2 / Enhancements I

March 30, 2022

Mystical wanderer. Dark desert highway. A ragged prince who turns into a toad. The beast of fame that cannot be killed.

Recognize these images? Yep, it’s Carole King’s “Tapestry”, a riddling allegory that questions more than it answers, and “Hotel California” by the Eagers, another allegory of Fame and the goddess Fortuna.

“Hotel California” has a classical music connection to Carl Orff’s “O, Fortuna.” Now that’s a surprise.

These chart-topping songs are the focus for Allegories, part 2. Come along as we explore the songs and their allegories and discover how to craft an allegory in our own writing.

  • 1:23 Check-In
  • 2:10 Carole King’s “Tapestry”
  • 10:04 Carl Orff’s “O, Fortuna”
  • 11:00 The Eagles’ “Hotel California”
  • 18:23 Next Week
  • 18:52 Inspiration / James Baldwin

Special Links

Carole King performing "Tapestry" with images Carole King ~ Tapestry - Bing video

Carole King - Tapestry Lyrics |

Eagles - Hotel California Lyrics |

Eagles live performance of "Hotel California" The Eagles - Hotel California Live 1976.. - Bing video

Lyrics to O Fortuna | Latin and English (

Andre Rieu conducting a performance of "O Fortuna" André Rieu - O Fortuna (Carmina Burana - Carl Orff) - Bing video

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