Archive for January, 2010

A little fun.

January 31, 2010

Surprise. It’s Sunday. YAY. We have a little idea for this Sunday.

We wanted to do something fun for ya’ll so we made a few more copies of our EP “Finding My Own Way”–handmade, in the denim pocket and everything–and we are going to be having some trivia fun on twitter today. So, ladies and gents…find your own way to our twitter page…and be looking for trivia questions from us throughout today…January 31st, 2010.

It’s gonna be simple. We’ll ask a question and the first person toย Twitter @ us with the correct answer will win an autographed copy of the EP. We’ll twitter @ the winner and let you know that you won. If you win, we will ask you to email us at askjillandkate@gmail.com and include your address in the message because we will need to put the CD’s in the mail tomorrow before we leave the country!

Play if you want. No pressure.

Hugs to everyone this Sunday morn.

-j&k-

New Song on January 17th/28th!!!

January 28, 2010

Sometimes pictures are better than words…but only sometimes.

January 27, 2010

kate looking at the beautiful sunset.

a cathedral on the canary islands.

skulls in a museum we walked through.

a coke form morocco.

kate riding a camel in morocco.

a pirate ship. arghh.

a cool building.

a yummy new favorite brand of wine we found.

the clouds were insanely cool.

jill and kate with their heads in a coffee plant.

More things you might not know about jillandkate…

January 26, 2010

Two questions from someone who didn’t leave their name…

What is your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls and your favorite character? (it has to be Loralie btw) ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course our favorite character is Lorelai!

Jill’s favorite episode is “Raincoats and Recipes” in season 4. (Yes, I had to look that up…I didn’t know the title by heart.) I am not going to give away what happens for anyone who has yet to experience the magic of GG.

Kate’s favorite episode is: Ooohhh…I don’t know if I have a favorite but I like the one where Lorelai calls her mom and pretends to leave a voicemail when her mom is actually on the phone…it’s pretty funny.

Next question from another no-namer:

Are you still going to be touring with Kelly in 2010?

Yup and we are excited to kick off the European tour in less than 2 weeks…we’ve never been to Ireland before so can’t wait to start the tour in Dublin! Less than 2 weeks people…less than 2 weeks!!!!!!

From Melissa:

1) Jill, are you ever going to share chords to y’alls songs with us? Covering your stuff would be so much easier! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I didn’t know this was a request…I’ll see what I can do! ๐Ÿ™‚

2) When you write a song, do you have a certain process? Do you write lyrics & melody first or the music? Or vice versa? OR…does it just depend?

It totally depends, but I’d say most of the time for us it starts with a lyric idea. Then we usually pick up the guitar or sit at the piano and build it from there. Then again, sometimes we’ll have a whole song idea with no lyrics. You never can tell how a song will be written. That’s what makes it so exciting.

Natalia from Poland asks:

1) I know you guys visit a lot of European countries but you’ve never been to Poland ( my beautiful country ๐Ÿ™‚ So my question isย  what comes to your mind when you think of Poland? Do you have anyย  associations with this country? And we have great vodka here so you should come haha!

Well, now you have us thinking of Vodka when we think of Poland…haha…anyway…hmm…when I think of Poland, I think of long last names that end in ‘ski’ ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe we’ll make it to Poland sometime and make some Polish memories…and maybe they will include Polish vodka.

2) Which member of KC’s band do you find the most attractive ? ย And I know they all have wives and girlfriends but it’s just a question:) So please tell us:) They are all pretty hot so I guess that would be a hard decision to make:)

Oh, they’re all so handsome and charming, how could we choose? ๐Ÿ™‚

From Linda:

Now that you live in Nashville… music city, do you find yourself any more inspired?

Yes. Nashville is amazing. There are crazy talented people here and on any given night you can see inspiring shows all over town. What a great place to live. Love, love, love Nashville.

From Erin:

I’m feening!!! I’m stuck on a stupid island and nobody ever comes to Hawaii! Will you guys ever make an appearence on Oahu?

Oh my gosh…can we PLEASE come to Hawaii? We LOVE Hawaii and feel as strongly as you do about making an appearance there. Let’s make that happen, okay? Okay.

Anakellya asks:

Jill and Kate, are you morning or night people? (:

Night night night night night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you ever get emotional when singing a song that you’ve written that’s really personal? Does it ever bring you back to that moment and to how you were feeling?

Yeah, definitely. For instance, everytime we play East Coast Bound, I miss home and the Atlantic ocean. ๐Ÿ™‚ -j

From Cate:

Where can u purchase cheap car insurance??? Lol only joking! My actual question has much more standing and importance…when you’s are in Dublin have you’s a drinking hole sorted for before or after the show!? Just making sure that you get a proper impression of what life is like in the green isle when you come in Feburary!

Well, we’ve heard that 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on your car insurance at GEICO! Just kidding. We don’t know any of the cool drinking holes in Dublin, so give us the scoop won’t you? We are very excited about Ireland…have we mentioned that?

From Jamie:

Can I sell merch at your next show pretty please with cherries on top? And did my open mic attempt make you cry with how awful it was? ๐Ÿ™‚

Haha, with cherries on top? Well you must really want to then. Haha. Your open mic was fun…as they all were! Everyone who did it was so brave…I don’t think any of us would have been that brave. Kudos.

Noelle from Vegas asks:

1.) What songs are on your iPods that you would be embarassed for people to know you have?

Well, I’m not necessarily embarrassed of this, but it’s something that I definitely get made fun of for…I have a few Hanson albums on my iPod. You can laugh if you must. ๐Ÿ™‚ -jill

I am embarrassed that I own the Pussycat Dolls song “Beep”. It’s the only song I own from their wide catalogue of though-provoking songs–I hate the lyrics but for some reason it found it’s way into my iTunes collection and I haven’t deleted it yet. Hmmm… -kate


2.) Are you ladies going to perform in Vegas at some point? Because I know I’d be front and center if you ever do ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you not hear that we are opening a new J&K Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas this year? Just kidding…if we ever perform in Vegas, we’ll let ya know.

3.) If you had the opportunity to have a ย deep conversation with someone about anything, who would it be and what do you think you would talk about? (It can be someone dead it alive)

For me it would be my great grandmother. She died when I was 11, but I have great memories of her and would love to pick her brain about my family history, what life was like for her in the 1900’s and just have a cup of coffee with her now that I’m grown up. -jill

I’d want to talk to Bono when he was 20. -k

From Jenna:

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Jill: Invisibility.

Kate: Definitely SuperGirl. Like Phoebe.

From Monica:

What type of students were youย in school? What kind of activities did you participate in?

Jill: Well, I did alright in school, but I have no memory of doing homework ever. I don’t know how I pulled that off…or maybe I just blocked it out, but I literally cannot EVER remember doing homework. I did well in English and languages, but was absolutely HORRIBLE in math and science. I hated them…Can you say right-brained?ย Also, I skipped a LOT of classes in college. Nap-time was so much more interesting to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But don’t tell your parents I told you that. Stay in school and study hard! (haha) But don’t forget to enjoy life and not take school TOO seriously.

Kate: I was a pretty good student I guess…I definitely enjoyed the social aspect of it all a bit more than the studying part…haha…I went to school on 3 different continents & one island. Yup. True story.

Which song of yours are you most proud of? And which is your favorite to sing live?

I don’t know if I’m most proud of any song in particular–they all mean something different to me. I’m assuming it’s like parenting…you can’t pick your favorite kid. Haha…well at least you’re not supposed to ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite song to sing live would probably be Finding My Own Way. -k

Ditto what Kate said on the first part…and my favorite song to sing live is probably either East Coast Bound or You Never Know.

Do you have any fears or phobias?

Kate: I HATE birds. Don’t ask me why but I HATE birds. My phobia is being surrounded by birds. I HATE birds. And small spaces or heights.

Jill: I have a phobia of being around Kate WHEN she’s surrounded by birds. You people have NO idea.

Have any of thoseย hair ties left, Jill?ย Haha

I do, actually! Thanks for those…they have lasted a long time…I actually just got to the second pack!

JUMP!

January 21, 2010

The best way to take a picture.

Having fun on vacatioooooooon!

-j&k-

Vacation on the 17th

January 17, 2010

Hey everybody!

Today is January 17th and we would normally be posting a song on the 17th, but we are on vacation ๐Ÿ™‚ย  WOOHOO!!! Due to our current internet situation, uploading a video right at this moment is an impossibility. We’re talking snail-mail-internet service people…so…we will post the video later this month when we are back home!

Sorry to disappoint, but SOT17th is on vacation with us and will be back soon and safely. Have no fear my friends.

Thanks for checking in!

Talk to you soon!!

-j&k-

Video in the Nashville Airport!

January 13, 2010

Letter to the City

January 9, 2010

Dear Nashville,

You know I’m a fan. You know that I love you. But I think you are going through a bit of an identity crisis. It’s been clear over the last few days that you are wanting to be more like other cities. You’ve gotten mixed up in the likes of Detroit, or Boston weather…but let’s have a reality check. Your weather is supposed to be mild this time of year. None of this snowing for three days, everything icing over and having the high temp of the day be 23 degrees. What’s that all about? Tisk tisk.

So if you wouldn’t mind, could you try pulling yourself together and gather up the gusto to bring back the 50 degrees I’d prefer right now.

Please and thank you.

-kate

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January 8, 2010

So, I (kate) made some killer guacamole tonight. It was delicious. I love Mexican food. Yes. Yes. Haha. So, now we are answering more questions. The questions we are getting into are just getting funnier and funnier–you come up with some weird questions ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve gotten so many I think we are going to be answering questions until Christmas. One more thing before we start answering questions… I recently read Selena Gomez’s twitter and it said this: “2010, the year of no fear.” I like that. No fear people. No fear. Walk on the wild side of no fear. You’ll be amazed at what you stumble upon. Ok, enough rambling…the questions:

I believe that the “spork” is one of the best inventions ever.ย  What are your thoughts? How many different instruments do you play?ย  List. What is the best part of your job? ย My daughter, Keragan (6 years old), wanted to know if you like Spongebob? -Rhonda

Rhonda. Thank you for asking the important questions here ๐Ÿ™‚ The spork. For those of you who don’t know what a spork is, here is a visual aid.

Now, Rhonda, contrary to what you might think of us…we don’t really have super strong feelings about the spork, BUT we are happy that it makes you so happy. It does solve the spoon/fork dilemma that we all face from time to time so that’s pretty awesome. Good question. Jill plays the guitar, piano and killer Rockband drums. Kate plays a little piano, guitar and a wicked triangle. The best part of our job is that we get to play & write music, travel and get to meet crazy people all the time. And last but not least Keragan, you’ll be happy to know that we are both very fond of Spongebob…and Patrick too. ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite song you’ve ever written? What did ya’ll major in? What did you do before you were KC’s backup singers? What’s your favorite actress? -Erin

Kate’s favorite food is chips and salsa–and guacamole as mentioned above ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Jill’s favorite food is Spaghetti or Thai…haha…she loves noodles…oh and chocolate of course. Jill’s favorite color is orange, Kate’s is pink. Kate’s favorite song she’s ever written is a new one called “Don’t Feel A Thing.” Jill’s favorite song she’s ever written is “Finding My Own Way.” We both majored in Communications. That’s right. We can communicate like no one’s business. (haha) Before we sang with Kelly we were still “jillandkate”—we played shows & wrote music and worked a plethora of awesome odd jobs. Kate’s favorite actress is Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock. Jill’s favorite actress is Sandra Bullock.

Who was your favorite artist/band in 2009? Who’s music could you absolutely not live without?ย  Has anybody’s music, whether it is a solo artist, band, song, etc. completely changed your life or made you have a different outlook on something? Are you going to watch the LOST season finale? Favorite movie of all time? -Christina

Kate’s answers: favorite band of 2009 would probably have to be Kings of Leon. I could not live without Patty Griffin’s music. She is a genius. Her song “Top of the World” definitely changed me. I love that song. I’m probably not going to watch the LOST finale–maybe someday but I’ve only watched Season 1 and part of Season 2 so I need to catch up before I watch the series finale ๐Ÿ™‚ Favorite movie of all time??? I hate this question. I never know what to say and I always feel that people judge me based off of my movie choices. So don’t judge me please. These movies don’t say anything about me or maybe they do…who knows. So here we go… “First Wives Club” or “The Rock.”

Jill’s answers: My favorite artist of 2009 is probably Miranda Lambert. She’s really just all around a great artist. I’m gonna agree with Kate and say that I could not live without Patty Griffin’s music. Her new album comes out this month and I’m overly excited about it. Her music has definitely changed my life…it’s so incredibly amazing. I am not caught up on LOST either…oops…guess I need to get on that! Favorite movie of all time is The Sound of Music. I have watched it hundreds…maybe even thousands of times. ๐Ÿ™‚

Not really a question for your blog but I wanted to know what are the chances of you guys doing a show when you’re in Melbourne next year? -Alison

Alison, we are trying to work out a show in the land down under. It’s definitely on our goal list. We are thankful that if we do play there we can count on you coming. So if we do come–you are in charge of marketing. Deal? Deal. Okay awesome. Sweet.

I was wondering what you both love about the UK and is there anything you’re looking forward to seeing/doing/eating when you get here? How did you girls celebrate New Year? -Dani

I ย (Kate) love the architecture in the UK and love taking walks and exploring the cities we end up in. Taking pictures of the random places we are in overseas is always a hobby too.

I (Jill) love the taxis, the hats that the doormen wear, and the breakast. The UK has amazing breakfast!

We were in Nashville for New Year’s Eve. We were crazy, wild people. HA. Just kidding. In some people’s eyes we were lame–call us lame if you want–we don’t care–we were at home–which we are NEVER at home so that was AWESOME!

What was yall’s best moment ever? How excited are yall to be getting ready to record?!?!? -Mary

Best moment ever??? That’s a pretty monumental question Mary. Hmmm… This picture describes one of the best moments ever…seeing Amy Grant and Vince Gill at the Ryman. The picture is blurry but you get the idea. Thanks to Jason Halbert for snapping a pic on his phone of our faces when they walked out on stage.

We are VERY excited about recording. Like, ridiculously excited. It’s hard work and can take hours upon hours of tedious work, but it’s so worth it. Love the studio.

Where can I get an I pick jk tshirt? -Noreen

Noreen. Cool name, btw. We are going to start selling them online soon…sooooooon. So when we do, we’ll let you know. For sure. Promise. Cross our hearts.

Kate, when you come home to Chicago, where are your favorite places to go? Jill, how long have you been playing the guitar and the piano?ย  Was it something your parents suggested you learn or was that all you? Where do you get your inspiration for writing? -Ashley C.

One of my favorite places to go in Chicago is a place called Graham’s. They have THE BEST root beer floats. I didn’t really even like root beer floats until I started having them there…they are delicious. My dad and I go there everytime I come home for the holidays. It’s special.

I (Jill) have been playing the piano since I was 8 and the guitar since I was 11. I think my mom and my great-grandmother suggested I take piano lessons and after that I decided to pick up the guitar. I took the Suzuki method of piano which is learning how to play by ear so I don’t read music hardly at all. Haha…lame, I know! But I love both instruments.

Look no further than yourself and the people around you for inspiration in songwriting. People are definitely the biggest inspiration for us when it comes to writing songs. People who you love, people who hurt you, people you want to hurt (haha), people that you see making mistakes or when you make a mistake, when you grieve, when you lose, when you love…all of those things can inspire songs.

Is there any date yet that we can expect a new EP or album? -Amanda

We are just beginning the recording process right now so we have no solid idea when we will be releasing anything. But, don’t make a frownie face just yet Amanda. We will keep you in the loop and completely involved in the process. When we know something, you’ll know something. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your favorite song by another artist ever? -JenMichelle

Kate’s favorite song is “Top of the World” by Patty Griffin. Jill’s is “Stay” by Lisa Loeb.

Favorite character on Friends? which Girl-? Guy-? The one question we’ve all wanted to know…..Is that golf picture really of Kate? -Pam

Kate’s are Phoebe & Ross…Jill’s are Phoebe & Chandler. HAHA. For those of you who are new to the blog–we believe this is the picture in reference:

Yes that is me in the golf picture. That’s right people…I’ve got some muscle somewhere. Haha. Happy now? Alrighty, that’s all for now peeps. Keep checking in. Lots of fun to be had.

-j&k-


Badda-Bing–Badda-Boom…

January 6, 2010

What is your most played song on iTunes?ย Who’s idea was it to combine your names and make it jillandkate? -Myriam

Jill’s most played song is “Can I Still Come Over?” by Gretel. Kate’s most played song is “Poison & Wine” by The Civil Wars. We can’t really remember who came up with putting our names together…we were trying to come up with something and we just kinda settled on jillandkate. We wanted something simple–easy for people to remember.

Kate, since you were born in Germany: do you speak German? Whatโ€™s your favorite thing to do online? What’s the funniest or strangest rumor you have heard about yourself? Do you have any weird talents? -Sarah

Yes, I speak a tiny, little bit of German. I actually understand a bit more than I speak–which is awesome when people are talking about me in German and they think I can’t understand them–it always freaks people out when I respond to them. Haha. Online…hmmm…Kate keeps up with the news…wherever it may be…hahaha…she is always announcing the latest headlines to whoever will listen! Also she frequents Facebook and her email. Jill is a game player. Yahtzee, Text Twist, Bookworm…among other games. Also she reads her local hometown newspaper everyday just to see what’s going on in New Hampshire. ย Strange rumors we’ve heard about ourselves? We try not to listen to rumors cause who likes hearing strange things about yourself that aren’t true? Weird talents. Jill can do this thing called “Doi-Doi-ing.” You won’t believe it until you see it–we will vlog it sometime soon. Kate is super double jointed. It’s pretty funny. Not sure that’s a talent but yeah.

Where do you write most of your music? Does it just come to you or do you have to work on it? What normally triggers you to write a song (like an emotion, a thought, a memory, a person, etc.)? What was the last thing you bought & from where? -Jaclyn

Since we are hardly ever in one place for long, we write anywhere and everywhere. Yes, we have to work on it! Songwriting can be MISERABLY DIFFICULT at times. Sometimes you have to write a large amount of crap to get one good song. One pretty successful songwriter once gave us this advice, “Don’t be afraid to suck.” ย Songs come in all different ways..sometimes they come out in 5 seconds, other times you write something and have to come back to it months (even years) later. Normally when one of us goes through something that will stir up emotions/feelings, that’s what inspires us to write. It’s sad that hard times can produce lots of songs. Ha! I guess that’s one of the plagues of being an artist. The last thing Kate bought was movie theater tickets & popcorn. Went and saw ย “It’s Complicated.” And yes, it’s complicated. The last thing Jill bought was groceries at Kroger…boring!

More later! Thanks for the questions…and if you have any more…remember tomorrow’s the last day to get them in!

Go drink some coffee, tea, hot chocolate or whatever will keep you warm. It’s cold out there people ๐Ÿ™‚

Hugs.

-j&k-