April 16th, 2021
We find ourselves at the very last song of this season, the Epilogue! In the past few months, we've written 10 great tunes inspired by our friends, family, and fans. We are so proud of the song cycle we created.
April 9th, 2021
Coming With You
My mom shared a story about traveling to Awash, a river in Ethiopia, when their car got stuck in the mud. With no town nearby, my dad went out to find help but as he walked away, my mom ran after him. She wouldn't let my dad go alone.
April 2nd, 2021
Send Me A Picture Of Our Little Girl
This week's song was not written by us — instead, it was written by the great-great-grandfather of our songwriter, Travis Frank!
March 26th, 2021
het liedje van Jacques Brel
"het liedje van Jacques Brel" was inspired by Lidewij Wiersma. Lidewij shared a memory of walking in het Van Bergen IJzendoorn park with her late father, Rienk. She described how, when she was walking and pushing Rienk's wheelchair, she heard a specific song in her head: Le Moribond by Jacques Brel.
March 19th, 2021
Never Have I Ever
"Never Have I Ever" was inspired by Michiel Bontenbal. Every Thursday evening, Michiel enjoys spending time with his male friends talking politics, relationships, or just having plain fun! Michiel is also an ardent lover of the sea. As such, we imagined Michiel as the famous Dutch admiral, Michiel de Ruijter, sharing stories, and playing Never Have I Ever with his crew.
March 12th, 2021
You've Got Mail
This song was inspired by Martijn Kriens. Martijn told us that he takes a lot of pictures but that certain moments are difficult to capture through a camera lens. He had such a moment when his mother received her letter for Covid-19 vaccinations a few weeks back.
March 5th, 2021
When She Played The Piano
This song is written for Doug Peterson honoring his late mother, Belva. Belva was an excellent soprano and pianist, and Doug attended many of her performances as a kid. Misfortune wouldn't allow Belva to grow old - she passed away when Doug was 12. We imagined watching Belva practicing piano through Doug's eyes.
February 26th, 2021
Someone Find the Grown-Ups
This song is based on an idea by Ton Lemmens. To Ton, our prompt made him think about lost opportunities. He asked us to write a song about that specific moment when you realize you missed out on something. We took his idea and developed it into the song above!
February 19th, 2021
Water Will Be Fine
Our second song of our newest series PICTURES WE DIDN'T TAKE is out! In this song, we step in the shoes of Bill Elliott at 22 as he gives an impromptu concert with lyricist, Yip Harburg, best known for his lyrics on THE WIZARD OF OZ.
February 12th, 2021
In this song, I (Leonoor) reflect on one of my earliest memories: writing a song with my father about my favorite subject, fairies. More than 20 years later I am still writing songs. Who knows whether I would be the musician today if not for that one moment in time? Definitely wish I had a photograph of that!
December 25th, 2020
Breakout Chronicles started back in March just after the first lockdown in NYC. Since then, we have been writing relentlessly - pushing our songwriting to the limit and exploring new musical territories. In total, we recorded 37 new original songs, gained 478 followers on FaceBook, and added a marketing department!
December 18th, 2020
Fly My Kite
Last week we wrote a happy, upbeat song about our favorite little owl, Rocky. This week, we went for the polar opposite and wrote a melancholic jazz ballad about having the Holiday blues.
December 11th, 2020
Rocky in the Rockefeller Tree
We wrote an original song about an owl called Rocky who wakes up and finds herself in the Rockefeller tree! Inspired by Rocky the owl that was found in the Rockefeller tree this year (2020).
December 4th, 2020
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The holiday season is here and that means — Holiday Songs!
We will be writing a few original songs as well as cover some great classics, starting with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
November 27th, 2020
This week we stumbled upon a tune that Travis wrote for Leonoor a few years back. At the time, Leonoor was working on shows in NYC and Travis was finishing off his degree in Boston. Living apart from each other wasn't always easy and Travis spent many hours behind the piano composing songs. "Stardust" is a song from this period in our lives.
November 20th, 2020
Images of Fall
This week, we did something a little different. Our team of songwriters chose to write an instrumental track about how this particular Fall has felt so far. "I was thinking about sitting around the table with my family for Thanksgiving dinner. Seeing the Autumn leaves outside the window. Everyone busy trying to get dinner together on time." — Allan Nillsson
November 13th, 2020
Golden Green Eyes
As we write songs inspired by the people in our lives, we are making a consistent effort to imagine what it's like to walk in somebody else's shoes. People experience the world in different ways. Empathy is the ability to understand another person's experience as if it were your own. We challenge you to imagine what it's like to see the world through someone else's eyes. What does empathy look like to you?
Song #30 - November 6th, 2020
This week we wrote a song about the goddess of love: Aphrodite! Kees de Graaf emailed us requesting our next song to include the following: - Dutch lyrics
- A musical style that is fast and uplifting
- Content about friendship and love
Did we succeed? Let us know what you think on YouTube!
Song #29 - October 30th, 2020
May The Best Algorithm Win
As today's technology advances, it is difficult to find objective, reliable news, especially concerning important world events. Our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter newsfeeds are curated by algorithms that are specifically tailored to keep us online. Our newest song explores a world in 3030 where computers rule the world and elections are decided by the most persuasive algorithm. Could that world be closer than we think?
Song #28 - October 22nd, 2020
Take A Walk
Haley is engaged to her life partner, Bob Ni, and she requested a special song to celebrate their wedding next year. We are so honored to write a song for their important life event. We hope our music will help contribute make their special day unforgettable!
Song #27 - October 9th, 2020
On Your Way
Chris is expecting his third child in November together with his partner, Celine. In our email exchange, Chris mentioned how the pandemic has made him even more appreciative of his family, especially his children. We hope we captured the excitement of welcoming a new child to the family with our newest song.
Song #26 - October 2nd, 2020
Our newest song was inspired by Kimberly Nilsson. Allan wrote the music to this song thinking about spending time with his mom, remembering even the simple stuff like doing dishes. Sometimes it's the simple stuff you miss most.
Song #25 - September 24th, 2020
One Of The Guys
Annabel talked about a vacation she had planned in Greece. As the only girl among all guys, she had an unforgettable time: snorkeling and swimming with turtles, motorbiking across the island, and listening to her favorite music. We hope that for her next vacation, she will listen to the song we wrote for her!
Song #24 - September 18th, 2020
Dogs Are Better Than Cats
Our newest song was written by Leonoor in the hopes of convincing Travis of the unquestionable, universal truth: dogs are better than cats. Yet, Travis is steadfast and stands by his opinion. They are dreaming of adopting a pet in the near future.
Song #23 - September 11th, 2020
Mutiny Of A Virion
"Mutiny Of A Virion" was inspired by Leonoor's father, Tobias. Tobias suggested writing a song from the virus's perspective. We ended up writing a song about a single virion (the singular form of virus) who decides to revolt against his very own nature for the greater good.
Song #22 - August 28th, 2020
Rich maintains a model train installation with several towns, one of which he has lovingly named Marysville, for his lifelong partner, Mary. Rich sometimes leaves his trains untouched for months, but when he returns, it’s like he never left. We imagined what the inhabitants of Marysville experience through those months of quiet.
Song #21 - August 21st, 2020
World In Your Pocket
"World In Your Pocket" was inspired by Bob Ni. Bob requested an upbeat ska song about Pokémon. We had quite the nostalgia trip. Hopefully, you'll enjoy what we came up with!
Song #20 - August 14th, 2020
"Papieren Vliegtuigje" was inspired by Marijn Wiersma. Marijn messaged us back in May with a song idea about her newborn niece. With all the turbulence of 2020, Marijn reflected on what it means to be born this year. We hope you enjoy what we came up with!
Song #19 - August 7th, 2020
Why I Care
"Why I Care" was inspired by Mark van der Graaf. Mark is a data analyst who works on digital health in Africa. In our zoom conversation, he mentioned his admiration for people who, despite the odds, work towards doing the impossible.
Song #18 - July 31st, 2020
Where Are The Angels?
Brandon Balantyn talked to us about the importance of empathy towards others. As an educator, he is consistently enriching the lives of people around him. One day, there was a kid who was being especially "difficult" in class. After asking what was wrong, it turned out there was a story behind her behavior.
Song #17 - July 24th, 2020
The Open Road (Is My Home)
On our call, Bill Elliott talked about his passion for traveling. He has often found himself an American in Paris, ...Amsterdam, ...Rome — pun intended... (for the non-theatre fans: Bill is the orchestrator of the most recent "An American in Paris" on Broadway and London's West End.)
Song #16 - July 17th, 2020
This Party Never Ends
Gillian talked about the importance of friendship and how she revels in bringing people together. In her own words: "I look around inwardly and smile over the friendships that have blossomed and grown from simply introducing one friend to another. I love this circle of connections that bond us together and keep us rooted in happiness."
Song #15 - July 10th, 2020
Find Your Voice
"Find Your Voice" was inspired by David Lee Brewer. David has, as a vocal coach, mentored some of the greatest stars as well as countless others. In our song, we talk about the relationship between a younger sister and her big brother. He inspires her to keep searching for her voice, and when she finds it, to speak up bravely.
Song #14 - July 3rd, 2020
Pick It Up Again
"Pick It Up Again" was inspired by Ree Studer. Ree told us that she had spent a lot of time thinking about young people and their commitment to changing the world for the better. In "Pick It Up Again", we captured that energy in the form of a struggling relationship — how do we pick up the pieces when both parties stand on opposite sides?
Song #13 - June 26th, 2020
"Rain Clouds" was written for, and inspired by Han F. de Wit. Han is internationally known as one of the founders of contemplative psychology. He is a great thinker, an astute conversationalist, and his writings inspire us to experience our thoughts with... a grain of salt.
Song #12 - June 19th, 2020
Charlotte & Roger
Stephanie Carlin messaged us with a very special song request. She told us about the love story of her grandparents, Charlotte and Roger. In 1951, with Charlotte an aspiring nun and Roger enlisted to fight in Korea, their romance was unlikely. What followed was a life of celebration, and many grandkids (as Stephanie told us).
Song #11 - June 12th, 2020
The Dragonfly Song
"The Dragonfly Song" was inspired by Jeroen Donkersloot. One thing that stood out to us was Jeroen's dedication to the environment through projects such as spearheading a Green School in The Netherlands. We wanted to write a song that was simple and sweet. Enter: The Dragonfly Song
Song #10 - June 5th, 2020
The Wheel Keeps Spinning
"The Wheel Keeps Spinning" is a song about loss, inspired by Cathy Hall. We tried to capture that sensation of feeling someone's presence even though you know they're no longer there. As if that person is a physical part of you; their absence like a phantom limb.
Song #9 - May 29th, 2020
"Never Retire" was inspired by our patron, Chrétienne Dibbets. Chrétienne mentioned that the quarantine very much felt like "early retirement" to her - and not in a good way! From our conversation, we drew inspiration and we created a character who loves life and can't imagine she will "ever retire", much like Chrétienne herself.
Song #8 - May 22nd, 2020
Where I'd Rather Be
"Where I'd Rather Be" was inspired by Jessica Bracht. Jess is originally from upstate New York and moved to New York City a while back. She has often told Travis and Leonoor that she hopes to one day settle in a rural area, and with all of us city-dwellers stuck in our apartments, we decided to write something that woud evoke the rural life Jess describes.
Song #7 - May 15th, 2020
"So Long" was inspired by our patron, Mike Frank. Mike sent us a picture of an empty construction site in Seattle, Washington. As a contractor and small business owner, he is experiencing the impact of COVID-19 first-hand. Inspired by his experiences, we decided to write a song about a small business owner facing challenges of her own.
Song #6 - May 8th, 2020
"Better Ignored" was inspired by our patron, Eric Stern. Eric suggested writing a comedy song about a couple during quarantine. Because being in the same space for too long can be... a recipe for inspiration?!
Song #5 - May 1st, 2020
"Queen C" was inspired by our patron, Chantel. This week Leonoor and Chantel exchanged some silly memories from their time in Boston... and a song was born!
Song #4 - April 24th, 2020
Finer than Vintage
"Finer than Vintage" was inspired by our patron, Helma Wiersma. Helma turned 75 on Sunday and we wish to celebrate her with this tune. It's not hard to be inspired by Helma: her zest for life, her heartwarming laugh, and her love for travel are contagious. We wish we could drink a glass of Bordeaux with her right now!
Song #3 - April 17th, 2020
The Tale of Idun
Struck with Covid-19 symptoms and with a confirmed case in their building, Leonoor and Travis have been weathering the NYC chaos. As they look out their window they see that Spring has sprung. As such, they decided to write a song dedicated to a Nordic spring goddess called Idun.
Song #2 - April 10th, 2020
This song was inspired by our patron, Doug Peterson. He suggested our next song be about celebrating life with friends, so we decided to write about our vacation on Maui last May. We asked Nora Germani to add vocals in the bridge as she was the final member of that trip- make sure you don't miss her cameo in the video!
Song #1 - April 3rd, 2020
Time Will Tell
Our first release was inspired by the sense of approaching disaster, with no way to avoid it. We saw the news in different countries and were concerned for the healthcare workers in the US. From our New York apartment, COVID-19 felt "so far away", until it wasn't.