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This afternoon I met Cesar. He was standing beside his boat, his nets draped over posts in the sand as he mended them with sure fingers. I lingered nearby like a child, pretending to be interested in his dog. In truth, I wanted only to watch him spin his webs, to peer through the woven lines stretched against the blushing sky of day's end. Soon enough, Cesar's gaze met mine and I greeted him, “Oi.” He smiled and kept working. But I knew the smile to be an invitation from another curious person, and so I drew closer.
Our conversation ended, in the inevitable coolness that follows these tropical winter days, with an invitation to join him tomorrow morning out in the Atlantic Ocean. Just Cesar and me on a fishing boat at 4am.
The boat looks much bigger up close than from afar. I want to go tomorrow. I want to measure its dimensions with my body, from inside. I want to measure that space against the vast expanse of water, lifting and dropping us on toward the horizon. I want to be as a net, sifting the sky, the sand, the water, letting it all pass through me, save the wriggling, shimmering parts that I'll bring ashore.

lyrics

The fisherman heads out by moonlight
Leaving the city behind
The music in the bars is still playing
And the shanty lights illuminate the yellow line

"Vem, menina, vem," he calls me.
"O mar não te vai esperar
As cores da água se mudam
com as transformações do luar

Vivo do pescado
Morro da pesca
Mas minha vida não é só pescar
Conheço a paciência das estrelas
Conheço os caprichos das ondas
Conheço a graça dos ventos
E eu sei que há sal e há solidão,
Que cada dia o sol vai raiar de novo
Eu sei que há sal e há solidão,
Que cada dia o sol vai raiar..."

The boat wears its early winter mornings
In the chipping of its paint and its wood
Silver nets hang down to be mended
Bridal veils for mermaids he would catch if he could

"Tão velhinho sou," he smiles
As the waves shift the sand along the shore
"O mar já viu todos os meus dias
E um dia destes vai levar toda a dor."

Vivo do pescado
Morro da pesca
Mais minha vida não é só pescar
Conheço a paciência das estrellas
Conheço os caprichos das ondas
Conheço a graça dos ventos
E eu sei que há sal e há solidão,
Que cada dia o sol vai raiar de novo
Eu sei que há sal e há solidão,
Que cada dia o sol vai raiar..."

(“Come, girl, come,” he calls me
“The sea won’t wait for you
The colors of the water change
With the moonlight’s transformation

I live on fish
I die by the fishing
But my life is not only fishing
I know the patience of the stars
I know the playfulness of the waves
I know the gracefulness of the wind
I know that there’s salt and loneliness
That every day the sun will rise again
I know that there’s salt and loneliness
That every day the sun will rise”







“How old I am,” he smiles
As the waves shift the sand along the shore
“The sea has seen all my days so far
and one day soon it will take all the pain.

I live on fish
I die by the fishing
But my life is not only fishing
I know the patience of the stars
I know the playfulness of the waves
I know the gracefulness of the wind
I know that there’s salt and loneliness
That every day the sun will rise again
I know that there’s salt and loneliness
That every day the sun will rise”)

credits

from Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, released November 27, 2014
Jean Rohe – mandolin, guitar, lead vocals
Ilusha Tsinadze – acoustic and electric guitars, dobro
Christopher Tordini – acoustic and electric bass
Liam Robinson – accordion, keyboards
Skye Steele – violin
Rogério Boccato – percussion
Richie Barshay – percussion
James Shipp – vibraphone and percussion
And everyone sings.

Ljova Zhurbin – viola on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11
Dave Eggar – cello on 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11

Tony Hdez – radio announcer on 4

All songs by Jean Rohe
Produced by Jean Rohe & Liam Robinson

String arrangements on “Fisherman”, “Pacific Street”, “Water”, and “O Bright Star” by Liam Robinson.

“Who Shall...” incorporates part of a Russian children's song in translation, “May There Always Be Sunshine (Пусть всегда будет солнце)”.
Field recording in “Umbrella” from Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.

Recorded by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY
Additional recording by Oliver Straus at Mission Sound, Brooklyn, NY, and Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Mixed by Todd Sickafoose at Earycanal

Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

Illustrations by Melanie Chopko
Photo by Jen Painter
Layout and design by Ilusha Tsinadze

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Jean Rohe Brooklyn, New York

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind narrative songs. Her writing concerns itself as much with the internal world as with the external. Her latest record, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, won three Independent Music Awards in 2014. ... more

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