Kelley McRae: Stay Close to Me

When we met Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein at the Box Canyon entrance, we realized that perhaps we had not sufficiently described the hike ahead. Kelley’s shoes weren’t exactly designed for trails. Both were wearing guitars. We knew that slick rocks and rope-enabled climbs (however modest) awaited our crew—maybe filming Kelley and Matt in the…

Moda Spira: Playback

“Playback” is a new song by Moda Spira (Latifah Phillips; joined in the Box Canyon by Jordan Hamlin on banjo). The song title also serves as an unintentional reference to that scientific research paradigm—the playback experiment—which examines the responses of animals (particularly birds) to recordings of unfamiliar sounds. In other words, if you start making…

Jars of Clay: Silence

Performance by Jars of Clay » The last song of the night with Jars of Clay was Silence. Dan invited the audience to sing along and the band walked us through a brief tutorial showing us just where and how to join in. We did eventually (and somewhat quietly) find our collective voice near the…

Jars of Clay: All My Tears

Performance by Jars of Clay » Summertime heat in Texas has a way of dictating lifestyle. It suggested to us, for example, that a Box Canyon Session with Jars of Clay in June might best take place under the relative coolness of night. Of course, filming at night in a remote canyon introduces a whole…

Andy Gullahorn: I Will

Performance by Andy Gullahorn » In May 2013, Roger Feldman completed construction of his site-specific art space, Threshold. One year later, the work is beginning to find its place in the landscape of Laity Lodge. There have been late night visits to the site, numerous dawn patrols, and even the occasional guest who goes missing…