Now that we are safely settled in Seattle for the summer, we’d like to share some of our favorite photos from our homecoming tour. Sean and I had such a great time visiting friends and family and playing music for new friends and old, that we are thinking of doing another tour of a similar nature in the fall, with even more stops along the way! What better way to tour than to combine spending time with the people we love and playing music?
We hadn’t seen our adopted home of Seattle in nine months. Seattle, the place where we met, where both of us have spent the majority of our adult lives. What would it be like to see it again? What would it be like to see people we know, to play at the Pike Place Market, to stop in at all of our favorite haunts, all the familiar places, dodge the all-too-familiar drizzle? Would it be summer? Would it still be soaking spring?
But first we had to get there.
We flew from Paris to Minneapolis, MN with only a brief stop in the Iceland airport. Our schedule started almost immediately when we arrived– Rachel had set up a five-date tour back to Seattle, and our three days of space between flying and tour would be occupied almost entirely by visiting friends, recovering from jet-lag, and finding a car for our drive back to Seattle.
Directed by Sean Michael Robinson and Cody David Price
Cinematography by Christian Marchi and Grant Spruce
Animations by Sean Michael Robinson and Grant Spruce
Edited by Christian Marchi
“I Like Your Hat” written by Rachel Erin Sage
Rachel Erin Sage- guitar, vocals
Sean Michael Robinson- guitar, vocals
Produced by Tim Franklin and the Summer Januaries
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Joel LeGros
From the e.p. Looking Up
At long last, we can present our new e.p., Looking Up!
Produced by Tim Franklin of Pillow Army and engineered and mixed by Joel LeGros, we recorded it (mostly) live over two short days a few weeks before we left Florida. We’re very happy with the way the recording turned out, as it gives us the opportunity to share a few of the songs that have been pouring out recently, and it’s the best representation yet of what we actually sound like as a duo.
Please, give it a listen, preferably while looking out at the beautiful spring day with a mojito within easy reach. And if you enjoy it, please consider passing it on to your friends.
And be on the lookout for our next video in just a week or two! Rachel’s song “I Love Your Hat” is next…
Sean Michael Robinson– vocals, guitar
Rachel Erin Sage– vocals, fiddle, guitar
with– Tim Franklin– piano, vocals on 3
Produced by Tim Franklin with the Summer Januaries.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Joel LeGros, with additional editing by Tim Franklin.
Tracks 1, 5 written by SMR
Tracks 2, 4 written by RES
Track 3 written by B. Dylan
On the morning of March 10th we woke before dawn, packed up our instruments, wardrobe changes, and all of the necessary props, gear and snacks, met up with our film cast and crew, and rushed to the nearest abandoned field, just in time to catch the sun rising behind us for the first shot of our new music video. Just a few days before we had met with director Cody David Price to discuss our ideas for the shoot and to make a preliminary schedule. At just twenty years old Cody is at the beginning of his film career, but is already a veteran theater director and technician, having directed Anne Frank Superstar at the Orlando Fringe Festival two years before, to much acclaim. Cody brought with him his colleagues Grant Spruce and Chris Marchi, who would both be filming.
Also joining us at that early hour was Kiersten Valence, a phenomenal belly dancer who we had met a few months before, when we worked on a production of Anthony and Cleopatra together, and my father, Steve Olof Larson, who had decided to extend his visit to Orlando so he could hang out and cart us around on the day of the shoot.
Location # 1
Abandoned Field at Sunrise
The sun had yet to rise when we arrived at our first location, a large empty field conveniently located directly behind the housing development where we’d been staying. A magical morning fog covered the ground. And it was freezing! (check out our breath, visible in the sunrise closeups). We set up the case, hid the portable boombox we had cued up to the track to play along with, and started filming just as the sun began to rise. We had a little bit of trouble with the boombox – the track was skipping, possibly due to the moisture on the ground, and possibly due to the fact that it was a twenty dollar battery operated piece of junk– so we’d have to skip ahead with the playback every now and then to stay in sync. Technical issues aside, we were off to a good start. Everyone was happy with the way the first few shots turned out, and Sean had the last minute idea to get some footage of Kiersten, who had just learned how to hula hoop minutes before, hooping as the sun rose behind her.