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Lydian Lady 02:23
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Bones Alley 02:32
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Pastoral #9 Such comingling. In the hollow it would follow, Much finagling. There, in the glen when wren sang, There, in the glen when wren sang. Such a tingling. In the meadow it would follow, Much a ringling. There, in the glen when wren sang, There, in the glen when wren sang. Over hill whippoorwill sing, At the well, spell bells ring, And above, love's doves wing. Love's doves wing, Love's doves wing, Love's doves wing.
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Wolfgang 03:09
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Clownfish 01:20
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"Edgewise" 03:25
Edgewise Skylarking with angels, sun-fishing for fun, Miner Forty-Niner where humming birds hum, Moonshining the apple pressed in the mind’s eye, Down Antelope Freeway, far as the crow flies. The cat got my tongue, now I’m in the dumb show, Painting the desert a quicksilver glow, Borrowed a tongue from the coyote song, Red Rover doggerel rhymes with so-long. Skulduggery with a bone to pick over Bruised on the heel lately, got to get sober Wind-snapping melody down in the valley Bush-whacked by monsoon, I’m happy go lucky. In the dell now where the sheep safely graze, There in the skyway sweet grace will amaze, Climbed up a tree, found a nest with a bird in Dumb struck by lightning, I can’t get a word in...
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Angel Waltz 01:26
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Newfield 01:25
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What Remains? What remains of my beloved, the one I loved? (rpt) The crops in the field are no longer our own, The blood in our bodies the heart would bemoan. What remains of my beloved, the one I loved? (rpt) The fields of this harvest have all been mown, The seeds of our destiny all been sown. What remains of my beloved, the one I loved? (rpt) The waters of ocean are barren as bone, The fortunes of men have sunk like a stone. What remains of my beloved, the one I loved? (rpt) Making a world that we cannot condone, Leaving a world that our children atone. What remains of my beloved, the one I loved? (rpt) And now that the darkness around us has grown, The path we would follow cannot be known. What remains of my beloved, the one I loved? (rpt) What remains?
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WTF 02:13
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Unlooked 4 05:24
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"Chartres" 02:12
Chartres From the river Eure outside Chartres, A view of the cathedral: Against the twilight blue sky, A deep cloud sets in sharp relief The electrically illuminated spires; Eleven chimes sound across distance To reach the river lined with poplar trees And blend with the noise of frogs and crickets; A swift flew near my face. All of the above.
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St. Francis 03:14
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Hunters Moon 02:59
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Ives Jive 02:11
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Heather Lane 01:39
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Where the Fish Are Sitting pretty in the catbird seat, Whiling a while, stitching time, Stuck on this side of the mirror here, Now I'm wishing, wishing for a rhyme. But the weather preys on my mind, Confirming the auguries, the auguries of birds, I can hear my bones make knick-knack, knick-knack, And the entrails are singing in thirds. Still, I'm fishing where the fish are: Green River, Blue River, Red River, Yellow River, Black River, White River, Gold River, Silver River, And the clear, Clear River. Purple mountains, purple majesties, Angel skies and a devil's food heart, Born again as a moth to the flame, The Milky Way dressed up like a tart. Sitting pretty in the catbird seat, Whiling a while, stitching time, Stuck on this side of the mirror here, Now I'm wishing, wishing for a rhyme. Still, I'm fishing where the fish are: Green River, Blue River, Red River, Yellow River, Black River, White River, Gold River, Silver River, And the clear, Clear River. We'll have ourselves a time, We'll have ourselves a time. We will.

about

In 2016 it occurred to me that I would make a record of the small-scale pieces I’ve written over the last fifteen or twenty years. Working with Joe Auger of QORQ Productions, we first recorded a total of twenty-three foundation tracks with violinist Laura Gulley and cellist Rob Bethel. As most of my textures are three-voiced, Laura competed this initial layer with viola on the middle line. From there, adding what seemed like countless overdubs we worked to complete the sound and clarify the intention of each tune. With the songs, for the most part the vocalists were there from the beginning, an integral part of creating the mood and tempo. An epic endeavor, the project was finally complete in early 2020. We entitled the CD Where the Fish Are.

credits

released March 8, 2020

Music, texts and arrangements SL Jobe copyright 2020
Recorded mixed and mastered Joseph Auger QORQ productions
Produced by SL Jobe and Joseph Auger 2020
Cover art: detail of Hieronymus Bosch

The present recording documents the songs and dances I’ve created over the last 20 years. Much gratitude to everyone who helped on this project.

Joe Auger guitar, percussion
John Bannon electric guitar
Rob Bethel cello
David Brown diggereedoo
Kyle Forstaff vibraphone
Laura Gulley violin, viola
Catherine Hawkes recorder, mandola
Brad Maloney banjo, wooden flute
Matt McLaren drum set
Alec Redfearn accordion
Chris Sadlers string bass, Bosch Hurdy-Gurdy
Chris Turner harmonica, jaw harp

The vocalists:
Fred Jodry and Daniela Tosic on “Pastoral #9”
Joel Thibideau on “Edgewise”
Ellen Santaniello on “Chartres”
Steve Jobe on "What Remins?" and verses/coda on "Where the Fish Are."
In that same song,
Chuck Carey on the "green river" passage and coda, Joe Auger harmony on “still, I’m fishing where the fish are,” and Ellen Santaniello, harmonies in the middle, "green river" passage.

Thanks to everyone who sang on the "we will" coda of “Where the Fish Are,” and also the refrain of “What Remains?”

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Steve Jobe Providence, Rhode Island

Born in 1955 in Mt. Vernon Ohio, the same hometown as Daniel Decatur Emmett, the composer of the song, “Dixie.” I settled into RI for good in 1984 and began composing soon after. I have a respectable body of work: two operas, a couple of concertos both commissioned, a cantata that was commissioned, a string quartet that won an award in 2006.
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