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After the Storm, our garbage protagonists experience their first feelings of rejection. They’ve been beaten up and pushed around by the storm, and are now trying to make sense of their new outlook. Becca Stevens sets the tone here, and Sachal Vasandani joins. Josh Roseman plays the trombone. The lyrics describe innocence lost, yet they leave a measure of hope in the metaphor of seabirds. The journey continues, but the innocence has been discarded, dismantled.


It’s a life unexpected
A world unforeseen
Didn’t know what awaited
It’s the end of a dream.

No thought of a future
Nor of any past
I’m lost when I wake up
I was sure it would last.

And the skies creak and whistle
And it takes its toll
The dark shadows and omens
A world with no soul.

If our heaven listened
It would feel our pain.
Would show us the way through
And we’d sail away.

And then we fly so high
To fight the winds that cast us aside
We fight on
We’re falling, still the winds keep rising
And seabirds fly, on and on, on and on
And when the storm dies
We sink down to earth tired
So far away from home
All alone.
And soon we’ll fly again
Fly another day
We don’t know what awaits us
The great unknown
The skies are dark and cloudy
We soldier on.

The sea has its own language, its own secret song
Adrift in its great vastness, with the signposts all gone
We grasp for its meaning, grasp for any tune
Echoes cacophony from a world so unknown.

It’s a search never-ending, no path unexplored
Still more questions than answers, I don’t see the way forward
No echo from bottom, no sense of its depth
The sea swells on and on, past the edges of sight.



from MOBRO, released May 13, 2014


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John Ellis is widely recognized as one of New York’s premiere tenor saxophone voices. With more than 150 album credits as a sideman, John can be heard with artists as wide ranging as Charlie Hunter, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Darcy James Argue, Dr Lonnie Smith, and Helen Sung. John has released ten albums as a leader, three of those featuring his wildly popular New Orleans-centered band Double-Wide. ... more

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