Jean Rohe

74 Corridor
Artistic Discipline: Music
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2022
Location: Prospect Lefferts Gardens

The New Jersey Transit #74 bus line connects Paterson to Newark, passing through the small North Jersey towns in between. In her song cycle “74 Corridor,” Paterson-born songwriter Jean Rohe imagines a bus trip that doesn't appear on the official schedule: one that travels through time as well as space, stopping at significant moments from her late father's life, nearly all of which was spent in this transit artery. The songs in “74 Corridor” tell the story of a father and his daughter, not chronologically, but in episodes from north to south, stop to stop, tracing a path that ultimately conveyed her to a future beyond her father and the 74, but dependent upon them, a route and a root.

Photo by Krysta Brayer