ROW

by Dawn Landes

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Why would you climb Mount Everest Why would you row the sea Why would I climb Mount Everest ‘Cause it’s in front of me Ask me oh ask me, Dear Inquisitor What is it you don’t see Why would I climb Mount Everest Because it’s there for me Ask me oh ask me, Dear Inquisitor Why put myself through all the pain My answer, my answer oh, inquisitor Will always be the same It’s not about going from Point A to Point B Through solitude and all the uncertainty I’ll confront my demons before they get to me Why would a caterpillar lock itself in a cocoon Just so it can fly free I’ll slip into my row boat now, and soon See what becomes of me I watch the seagulls and terns all head back to the coast The one who’s flying the highest can see the most I wanna know what he knows It’s not about going from Point A to Point B Through solitude and all the uncertainty I’ll confront my dreams and come out clean
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Who owns the sea? Who owns the sky? Out here underneath the stars We set our course and fly Of course we fly Oh Amelia I’m about as old as you When you took your solo flight in 1932 Oh Amelia Maybe our paths crossed When you came down from the clouds to avoid the frost How did you want to be remembered? How did you want to be remembered? Even though you lost the adventure Was it still worth while? How did you want to be remembered? How did you want to be remembered? Even though you lost the adventure Was it worth your time? Who owns the sea? Who owns the sky? Out here underneath the stars We’ll be at home awhile You and I Oh Amelia Did you feel any doubt Falling from 3000 feet that time that you spun out? Oh Amelia You caught yourself, alright And showed the world a woman’s place is sometimes first in flight How did you want to be remembered? How did you want to be remembered? Even though you lost the adventure Was it still worth while? How did you want to be remembered? How did you want to be remembered? Spread your silver sings of adventure And go out in style The best things of mankind are as useless as Amelia Earhart’s adventure.
They are the things that are undertaken not for some measurable result,
but because someone, not counting the costs or calculating the consequences, is moved by curiosity, the love of excellence, a point of honor, the compulsion to make or to understand. They have in them the free and useless energy with which alone they surpass themselves. It is wild and it is free! 
But all the heroes, the saints and the seers, the explorers and the creators partake of it. They do not know what they discover. They do not know where their impulse is taking them. They can give no account in advance of where they are going or explain completely where they have been. They do the useless, brave, noble, the divinely foolish and the very wisest things done by man. And what they prove to themselves and to others is that we are no mere creatures of habit. No mere automatons in our routine. No mere cogs in the collective machine. But that in the dust of which we're made there is also fire lighted now and then by great winds from the sky. * How do you want to be remembered? How do you want to be remembered? Even if you lose the adventure Is it worth your while? How do you want to be remembered? * text set from Walter Lippmann’s column NY Herald Tribune July 8, 1937
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Dear Heart 03:09
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Calm Seas 01:27

about

ROW is a concept album about the true-life journey of Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Landes teamed up with Broadway veterans Daniel Goldstein, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Tyne Rafaeli to create ROW, a piece of musical theater seven years in the making that was scheduled to premiere summer 2020 at Williamstown Theater Festival but was postponed due to the pandemic. Based on Tori Murden McClure’s bestselling memoir, “A Pearl in the Storm”, the concept album ROW features eight singers from Louisville, KY (Will Oldham, Ben Sollee and more) - the hometown of both Landes and McClure.

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released October 2, 2020

Dawn Landes featuring Will Oldham, Ben Sollee, Tyrone Cotton, Brigid Kaelin, Carly Johnson, Kimmet Cantwell, Sheryl Rouse and SONUS choir.

Produced by Dawn Landes
Vocal Arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell
String Arrangements by Scott Moore

Recorded by Jordan Lehning at The Duck (Nashville, TN)
Additional recording by Brandon Bell at Southern Ground, Justin Golden at Lala Land (Louisville, KY), Matt Douglass, Dawn Landes, Scott Moore, Roadie, Ben Sollee, Marc Copely and Mark Charles Heidinger at home

Mixed by Pat Dillet
Mastered by UE at Sterling Sound

Cover Art by Wayne Brezinka
Album Design by Jenny Lederer

Musicians:
Rachel Grimes - piano (8,9,12,15)
Owen Biddle- bass
Scott Moore - strings
Rob Berger- piano, keys, accordion
Jamie Dick- drums
Marc Copely- el guitar
Ray Rizzo - vocals and percussion
Kirsten Agresta Copely- harp
Roadie - pedal steel
Dawn Landes- vocals, acoustic guitar, etc
Creighton Irons- keys (7,13)
Sam Smith- drums (8,9,12,15)
Aaron Shafer-Haiss- drums (1,2,4,14)
James Haggerty- bass (15)
Matt Douglass- piano (5)
Timbre Cierpke- soprano SONUS
Sadie Dunn- soprano SONUS
Kathleen Dunn- alto SONUS
Mara Miller- alto SONUS
Tyler Evick- tenor SONUS
James Richardson- tenor SONUS
Billy Blackman- baritone SONUS
Devon Halliburton- baritone SONUS

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Dawn Landes Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dawn Landes is a singer-songwriter with roots in Kentucky and NYC, now living in North Carolina. She has released multiple albums and her songs have been featured in commercials, popular films, and TV shows. Landes tours internationally and has performed with The Boston Pops, NYC Ballet, and at TED. ... more

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