Sally Taylor is an artists and musician. In 1998, reluctant to sign to a major record label, she formed her own, producing and recording three albums (Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S & Shotgun). She and a 5-piece band toured 180 days of the year. She thrived on the production elements of running a label and the creative elements of writing, recording, and performing. When she retired from the road at age 30 she moved to Boston and began teaching music. She is currently taking time off from The Berklee School of Music to work exclusively on ConSenses. In this effort she is dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception.
Sally Taylor is dyslexic. Far from being ostracized for her learning disability, her artistic family (Mother: Carly Simon. Father: James Taylor) welcomed the designation as if to say: “Great, you’re truly one of us now.” Around the time of her diagnosis, her mother started playing a game with her called “Essences” in which one player selects a person in their head and the rest of the players have to guess the individual by asking metaphoric questions like: “If this person were a house what type of house would they be?” “If they were a time of day what time would they be?” “If they were an animal… a car… a color… a tree what would they be?” and so forth. The difficulties Sally was having decoding meaning from words and sentences seemed abated by this game where she could communicate, through metaphor, her understanding of the world.
While at Brown University, Sally became interested in anthropology and the nature of human perception and expression cross culturally. Fascinated, especially by the senses, she began to explore the nature of the human experience as an artistic adventure. In her studies she came across an Indian fable: “The blind men and the Elephant” in which 5 Blind men come to their own concept of “Elephant” based on limited interactions with one. She identified immediately the metaphor of the fable. That human ignorance stems from blindly clinging to a perception of life that is incomplete. If we could let go of our perceptions being RIGHT, she believed, befriending only those who agree with us and fighting all who don’t, perhaps we, like the blind men might know more about the nature of something much larger. It is her wish, through ConSenses that we explore what happens when we listen to one another without words, share our perceptions without judgment, take a look through each other’s eyes and let go of everything we thought we knew.