“Music Is A Woman To Me … Something I could Pour My Love Into” Says Pittsburgh’s Victor Abendano

VICTOR ABENDANO

Victor Abendano is no Lord Byron, but has always loved writing – even when it was poems for girls when he was in high school.

“And it’s not the 16th century where you can still get a girl with a poem. They’d kind of look at me a little weird,” said Victor Abendano.

While he isn't from the Steel City, he now calls Pittsburgh home. 

"Born in Mexico, raised in Texas, and then I’ve been in Pittsburgh I guess seven years," he said. "I moved away for two and then I came back."

Abendano’s journey to get here wasn’t always easy.

"We’re legal, but we came over here on a 10-day visa at the time and the 10-day visa expired and we became illegal. We were illegal for a period of about three years," he said. "There was an amnesty going on and we were going to get residency and everything, but we didn’t know what was going on.

That fear of uncertainty is certainly not lost on Abendano.

"We’re all humans and we’re all trying to find a better place for our families and our kids. We were living in Mexico City in a studio, one-bedroom apartment, sharing with another family. Poverty stricken, we were all chipping in for bills. Sometimes the heat was on, sometimes not," Abendano said. "My dad was just a regular laborer making $1 a day. He did everything. He was a hard worker. He worked three jobs and all his kids went to college. We all graduated from college. We’re all productive citizens now. I felt a sense of duty because of being illegal for that short period of time. I joined the military. I was in the Marine Corps for six years. I even went overseas and fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. I try to voice that you just don’t know what immigrant children are going to do. They could find the cure for cancer."

They could find the cure for cancer. Or they could make some really moving music. Abendano’s new EP Seasons Pass features a song called “Music Is Her Name” which found him redeemed after the end of a relationship.

"'Music Is Her Name' came to me like it was a second chance," he said. "It was winter at the time and it was winter in my life. I felt depressed, isolated, alone like my life was over. Everything I worked for was crumbling, but I don’t necessarily need a woman. It ended up becoming where it was like a duality like music is a woman to me and it’s something I could pour my love into. That’s my love right there. Music is her name; you know? She’s the one that’s going to save me out of this deep depression that I was falling into."

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