Fiddle Guitar Vocal duo the Summer Januaries– Sean Michael Robinson and Rachel Erin Robinson

“I Like Your Hat”

 

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

Looking Up has arrived– five new songs by the Summer Januaries

lookingup

 

At long last, we can present our new e.p., Looking Up!

Listen and download!

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

Disappear With the Season

Goodbye, Florida.

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 Summer Januaries filming a music video for their song "Two Little Clementines". With Cody David Price, Grant Spruce, Chris Marchi, and Kiersten Valence

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.

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Two Little Clementines

 

The Summer Januaries– Two Little Clementines

Sean Michael Robinson– vocals, guitar
Rachel Erin Sage– vocals, fiddle

Filmed in Casselberry, FL and Winter Springs, FL on March 10th, 2013, from sun-up to sunset.

Directed by Cody David Price. Cinematography by Chris Marchi and Grant Spruce. Edited by Chris Marchi. Scenario by Sean Michael Robinson and Rachel Erin Sage.

“Two Little Clementines” written by Sean Michael Robinson and produced by Tim Franklin with the Summer Januaries. Engineered and mixed by Joel LeGros.

Girl A- Kiersten Valence
Girl B- Amber Tyrie
Girl C- Elaine Baker
Disgruntled Man- Steve Olof Larson

A Summer January for the Summer Januaries

the Summer Januaries at the Uptown Art Expo 2013

Our wintering in Orlando has lasted about two months now – just enough time to acquire some interesting performance opportunities and to connect with a handful of awesome musicians.

This past weekend was packed full of performances of all different varieties. We kicked off the weekend with our regular gig at Hogan’s Irish Bar. Hogan’s is a new pub in Cape Canaveral, owned and run by a charming Irish family. They first invited us out to play in mid January, and we’ve been returning every weekend. We’re loving having a regular gig – getting to know the owners and regulars, tailoring our set to enhance the mood of the bar throughout the evening, and having an opportunity each week to perform new songs. Even though we’re playing indoors, with a P.A., it’s the closest thing to busking we’ve experienced since Italy.

Rachel Erin Sage of the Summer Januaries at the Uptown Art Expo 2013

Sunday morning we braved the very chilly weather, for a set at the Uptown Art Expo in Altamonte Springs. We had actually gotten this gig through our initial attempt to find places to busk in Orlando. When we first arrived we did some internet research, and found a wealth of information confirming, just as we had suspected, that it is in fact illegal to busk here. An article in the Orlando Sentinel made the consequences seem particularly steep, stating that “street performers who ask for money could be charged with a second degree misdemeanor possibly resulting in a maximum of a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.” Ugh. As jail time and exorbitant fines are not on our list of fun ways to spend our time and money, we started a search for other venues (festivals, farmer’s markets, etc.) that might allow busking. The booker at the Uptown Art Expo responded to our query about busking by explaining that it wouldn’t work for us to busk at the festival, as the live music from the main stage would be broadcast on speakers throughout the entire park, but that they would love to have us perform on stage instead. That sounded great to us. We enjoyed a sunny, though incredibly cold, set on a stage set right on the waterfront, and had a little time to chat with the audience, some of the art show vendors, and a few of the other musicians who would be performing later in the day, before running off to be in a video shoot for a secret musical project that we can’t divulge the details of quite yet (don’t worry—we’ll share when we’re able!)

While I find it sad and ridiculous that busking is illegal in Orlando, a little bit of field research has made it clear that we probably wouldn’t fit in very well playing on the streets here anyway. We headed downtown last weekend, just to check out the scene, see if we saw any buskers, etc… Read More