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We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow ~ Chapter 03: Julia Coming and Going

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Alan James Harper A sublime and mesmerising meeting of musical weather fronts: crystalline vocals & achingly minimalistic, almost formal, piano travelling across a gravelly squall of electronic noise: touching, absorbing and addictive. Favorite track: Downtown Brooklyn.
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It was fun for the first few weeks After Paul got fired. We’d drink gin and iced tea on the front stoop In the late afternoons. At dusk we’d walk down to the bar on Dekalb To meet Marsha and you. And we’d all sing along to old Motown songs Benny would play on the juke. After awhile the money got tight So I took a few shifts at the diner. Paul switched to whiskey and quit looking for work Coming home later and later. Then he got in that fight with the Dice Boys at Benny’s And lost the jacket I gave him at Christmas. Came into the restaurant with blood on his shirt And I said it’s over. I spent the fall on friends’ couches, By New Year’s I’d moved to that place on Lorraine. Paul showed to St. Mary’s Ash Wednesday I heard he was looking good, not great. Marsha turned 30, we were both at her party. I drank enough scotch to forget how we left things. We kiss in the alley until I remembered. I pushed him away, walked twelve blocks to the train. 1003BN31
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I've been remembering our small adventures Walking with Jen the long way into town Diving down in Nichols Quarry The day after the storms It was warm throughout September We'd spent the summer planning how To steal back her bicycle From those kids in Jacksontown I've been remembering our small adventures The vital trials of our childhood I heard Jen's cancer is in remission So I'll go down to Alabama And visit her this Fall. Jen was on the handlebars As we tore down Sandford Row We still heard those kids hollering The whole way to Odena. We were whooping, we were laughing The leaves already turning. It was downhill all the way home, The moon rising behind us. 1103BN31
I think the stars are disappearing down here. Jen said “yeah, we lost Perseus for a whole two months last year. They keep the lights on all night, at the new mall out west. The doctors say, I’ll probably always be, a little out of breath. I guess I’ll always feel like I’ve come home running." She said “I’m sure no one will ever come clean, But I know it’s got to be from the fire at the refinery. Remember we bussed to Odena West, the smoke was so bad that year?” Then she got up from her lawnchair and said “Would you like another beer?” I nodded “yeah.” 1203OA32
I thought I felt a little rain And watched the first drops darken the pavement. I was waiting at the bus station; The midnight to New York was running late. At times like this I wonder The way life might meander if I bought a ticket elsewhere, or just stayed here. I could rent that little place above the gas station, And visit with my mother every Sunday. Or I could move back to Asheville, I'm sure the boys at the Mothlight have been missing my whiskey sours. But then over the loudspeaker: "Boarding for Richmond" And I think that's my transfer so I head inside. There's a two person line at gate number three, and the driver outside is tapping a headlight. The flashing on the station wall, like some coded message, warning me not to leave. The driver asks for "tickets please" when it's my turn I hand him mine hesitantly. I board the bus and settle in for a long night. 1303OA32


We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow is a four hour, forty song cycle, being released in nine Chapters every two months from August 2018-December 2019.

Chapter 03: Julia Coming and Going
Year 31-32

Julia and Marsha are now living in New York, stretching even farther from Odena and further into an adulthood of new lovers, new homes, and a deepening friendship. But ties to the past remain strong and events back home compel Julia to visit, where she questions her path in the landscape of her youth.



released December 7, 2018

Words And Music by
Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas

Kate Adams: Vocals
Joshua Dumas: Piano, Synths, Guitar, Mellotron, Bells

Recorded And Mixed By
Joshua Dumas At Pieholden Suite Sound, Chicago Il

Additional Recording At
Shape Shoppe, Chicago Il

Mastered By
Scott Craggs At Old Colony Mastering, Scituate Ri

©2018 Drift Club Records


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Mending Brooklyn, New York

The Wakerobin Archive is an ongoing experiment in speculative storytelling in song.
Book 01, "We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow" is a four hour, nine album drone folk exploration of sisterhood and climate change.

Book 02 commences in March 2020.

Mending is Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas
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