John of Patmos

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Written and Recorded by Slow Dakota (PJ Sauerteig)
Performed by Philip Kitcher
Mixed and Produced by Sahil Ansari
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

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"John of Patmos"

On the island of Patmos, at dawn, a young boy sits on the pebbled beach, looking out at the sea. Perhaps a mile offshore, a huge crag of rock juts out from the water, bearing the ever-crashing waves of the coast. Sometimes the boy sits there with friends, and they dare each other to swim around the rock and back, but no one takes the challenge. “It’s a long way,” one will say. And the rest will nod, “That’s for sure,” and nothing comes of it. But one morning, at first light, the boy goes out to the beach, wearing only sandals; he wades into the water, and begins to swim.
By mid-morning, the boy washes up onto the pebbled beach, exhausted. His friends see him from the village, and run to pick him out of the water. When he catches his breath, the other boys cheer for him, and ruffle his hair: “What was it like?” they ask. Much to their surprise, the boy tells them what they already knew: “It’s a long way,” he says: “That’s for sure.” But he’s seen something that they’ll never see: the backside of the rock - the side of the rock that faces away from the village, and looks towards the deep.

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from The Ascension of Slow Dakota, released July 22, 2016

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Slow Dakota Fort Wayne, Indiana

(PJ Sauerteig)

Fort Wayne, IN
Massif Records

Columbia University

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