April 2021

We are so excited to announce that the first video single off of the full music film, N.A., is out! 

June 2020

In the book ‘The Smell of Rain on Dust’ by Martín Prechtel, the process of grieving is explored from an indigenous perspective. The dedication reads: “For all the people and feeling beings of the world, who by grieving the loss of what they love, make more life with the beauty of its expression.” I guess the meaning is that when we grieve, we connect with what we’ve lost, and in doing so, we express our love for that person. We hope that as all of us are suffering losses during the raging of this pandemic, we can find connection with those things we have lost through allowing ourselves to grieve, and that by doing so, we find a source of life within ourselves…our own love, thereby feeling just how big the human heart is. This is what NOA is about, namely, allowing ourselves to feel whatever we feel, and for that to stoke connection with each other. 

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us, we know! But we promise we haven’t just been sitting on our hands. Since we last updated you all, we’ve filmed and edited the entirety of the film! Through the help of our Indigogo contributors, and a grant from Northwestern’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, we were able to secure enough funding to pay all of our collaborators, and just about break even on the cost of production. It’s been a wild ride, and we are so excited to share with you all the first single video from the album, NOA, in the coming weeks. More on that soon! For now, we just wanted to let everyone know that we are alive and well, and that you can expect to be receiving the gifts of our labor soon. Check out this cool photo from one of my favorite video shoots, N.A.

September update 

NOA is out TODAY! I am so excited to finally share it with everyone. I hope that within these songs, grief and hope can together illuminate the beauty of our connection to one another. It is truly all that matters. 

Here are lyrics from 8900, one of my favorite tracks, about finding freedom in the midst of being inevitably tied to a world of suffering and change. 

  cobwebs of old, kingdoms of gold precious the load, a delicate scaffold Freedom's not king, the kingdom's not free Oh what we'll be, castles

June Update 

Hi folks,

  Very exciting news--the audio album for NOA is done! We are waiting on the right time to release it, but look for it to be available late summer. i can't wait to share what i've been working on in the studio with you. For now, I'm attaching a never before released old song 'Clocks.' It has a different sound than this upcoming record, but as these summer days slow us down a bit, I find myself returning to it. I hope you will find it a comforting presence today:   https://youtu.be/Uirsk1myNQw   …

March Update 

Hi folks!   This month, Lily and I applied for a fellowship at Northwestern. We made a short video with one of our collaborators (Jason Raynard--an incredible queer deaf artist based in Chicago) for it, and we are really excited about how it turned out. Check it out here:   https://youtu.be/-UsK2gN2_74   The conceptual framework of the project is becoming more and more clear, and we are learning the benefits of patience, of letting complex ideas sit for some time, so that they can emerge with more and more…

January Update 

Welcome to 2019! It hardly feels real to me, but we’re finally ready to film NOA this spring!!!

 

WHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!

 

It took a little longer than expected. Thanks for your understanding and patience! We’re really committed to doing this project justice and allowing enough space and time for the artistic process to happen as naturally as possible, and we knew that those who support this project financially will understand that.

 

As a quick recap, Taylor spent late summer, fall, and the final…

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December Update 

Hi folks,

Its been a busy and beautiful month.

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I just returned from Mexico City and San Diego. In Mexico, I was engaged in a workshop funded by the Mellon Foundation which focused on the critical potential of art for means of resistance. Specifically, I was listening to the stories of women currently incarcerated in Santa Martha Women’s prison, who are participating in the program ‘Mujeres en Espiral,’ (https://mujeresenespiral.com/). It was an inspiring and heartbreaking experience that will…

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I am not a Machine! 

Lilly and I are currently in San Diego!

 

 

Over the next two weeks, we plan to get most of the music DONE, which is very exciting. We’re putting in fourteen hour days recording in Nate Vaughn’s beautiful new studio, GrossRecordings. You can learn more about the studio here. We highly recommend this spot for musicians on a budget geared towards synth sounds who are looking to record with a high quality sound engineer. AKA Nate and his studio are awesome.

 

I wanted to take a few minutes to blog about what…

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Remembering the Pause 

 

Remembering The Pause  

May 16, 2018

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Lillian Walker

   

Hi All!

L & T checking in:

 

Things are seemingly quiet on the home front, but really they are just percolating below the surface.

 

If you have been following our indiegogo campaign, you know that last month we got together to submit a very exciting grant proposal, one that will award us a significant portion of our budget. It was incredible to see how much our ideas had developed in the months since we decided we wanted to seek out…

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NOA & Joy 

NOA & JOY  

February 9, 2018

   

Some people get very uncomfortable when I tell them I am working on a project about grieving, and about the importance of it for our individual and collective health. And honestly, I’ve been surprised at how challenging its been to get some of those folks I consider most dear to me on board. Yes, folks are busy and distracted. Yes, folks have a million other things to contribute to. Yes, people are over-inundated on the web. Yes, people are struggling financially. And yes…

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Work-cation in Chicago 

Work-cation in Chicago

November 18, 2017

Lillian Walker

Hello world!

 

 

Taylor and I just wrapped up a big work weekend at her apartment in Chicago, and it felt amazing. If you have the ability to do so, proactively making time and finding a productive space to focus on one project and one project alone is something everyone should try to do.

 

We cleared our schedules, got distractions out of the way, and got cozy. We ate together, went on walks together, we even slept in…

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Written from the Floor (the context of NOA) 

 

Context of NOA Pt. 1: Music Written from the Floor  

October 28, 2017

Taylor Rogers

   

About 14 months ago I ended a four year domestic relationship with my best friend.

 

 

I have been gay my whole life, but unwilling to accept this truth for fear of letting go of certain dreams that I had, or that I thought I had, having been conditioned by a southern culture of family values. Like many of my childhood friends, I wanted to be married to a man, have some dogs, have some babies, buy a house, the…

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