This is Anthony Tao and Liane Halton’s COVID-19 lockdown story. Working as “Poetry X Music, this Beijing-based duo used collaboration to help get them through lockdown. Hear what they have to say to their future selves.
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Special notes: below, A = Anthony, L = Liane
This is Anthony Tao and Liane Halton’s COVID-19 lockdown story. The combination of their artistic expressions has enabled a lockdown-inspired project.
I’m Anthony Tao, ah, born in Beijing, ah, grew up in Kansas.
I’m Liane Halton, and I was born, and grew up, in South Africa.
And we are both living in Beijing, coming from you … AT you from Beijing right now. Um, we are Poetry X Music.
Our thing is, we combine my original poetry with original compositions on the classical guitar from Liane.
I’m really glad that, you know, we sort of had the chance to work through the process together, during some of the worst parts of this. This was a … this project was a … was a driving force to keep things going, moving forward. You know, it gave me purpose anyway.
I feel completely the same. I think a big thing that I was feeling a lot is, like, hopelessness, desperation. And just the need to find … a need to find a way to move forward.
Yeah, I just I feel very lucky to have had creative writing. I’ve had it, you know, my entire life as an outlet, but it doesn’t have to be … it doesn’t have to be poetry, doesn’t have to be music, right? It just … for everyone … everyone out there who’s, you know, still quarantined, or locked out and just find … find something.
I’ve been thinking a bit about, as a foreigner in China, how, like, I haven’t really felt connected, in some ways, to China, to living in China, to you know, but this I know, during … during this time, I would walk on the street and look at somebody and be like ‘Wow, you are going through a very similar thing to what I’m going through’.
Their COVID-inspired album is titled “Here To Stay”
Visit their bandcamp page here