APRIL 2020

APRIL 2020

A STORY FROM ONCE UPON A TIME ABOUT:

DIANA WOLF

LEAD AND BACKING VOCALIST, BASS GUITAR, SONGWRITER (MEXICAN-ENGLISH, MEXICO)

MEXICO-EVERY PERSON IN THE GUMBO SQUARE BAND CHOSE TO GIVE OF THEMSELVES TO THE CAUSES THAT TOUCH THE WORLD. ONE SUCH PERSON WHO STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE IS A TALENTED AND EDGY SINGER/BASS PLAYER FROM MEXICO BY THE NAME OF DIANA WOLF.

AT THE START OF THINGS WITH THE RECORDINGS, SHE WAS A MAJOR KEY SOURCE IN BRINGING IN OTHER TALENT THAT YOU CAN HEAR ON OUR TRACKS. SHE IS AN ESTABLISHED ARTIST IN THE MUSIC CIRCUIT IN MEXICO, WITH HER OWN UNIQUE STYLE OF ROCK AND BLUES THAT CAN BE FELT IN THE SONGS FROM THE GUMBO SQUARE BAND ALBUM, “HOW DOES IT FEEL” LIKE THE CUTTING-EDGE FLAVOUR OF “I’M FEELING ALIVE” AND “KISS ME AGAIN,” PAINTED IN HER TRADEMARK VOCAL SOUND.

WHEN CREATIVE DIRECTOR SERGE GRAD WENT INTO A LOCAL STUDIO WITH GENEVIÈVE CAVA, ANOTHER VOCALIST WITH THE BAND TO RECORD THE SONG “RAIN” FOR THE ALBUM PROJECT, LE CHEMIN DE DAMAS, LITTLE DID HE KNOW THE CHANCE MEETING OF THE ENGINEER WOULD BRING DIANA INTO THE MAKEUP OF THE GUMBO SQUARE BAND. AFTER LEARNING THE VISION OF THE BAND, SHE WHOLEHEARTEDLY CONSENTED TO BE PART OF THIS COMMUNITY OF PROFESSIONALS, DRIVEN TO TOUCH LIVES ALL OVER THE WORLD.

HER COMMITMENT IS FOUND IN THE WORK AND OUTREACH TO OTHERS IN NEED THROUGH WHAT SHE DOES BEST.

COVID-19:

A DAY IN A CONTAINED LIFE WITH

ALEJANDRA BAEC

THE AGE RANGE IN THE GUMBO SQUARE BAND IS AS VARIED AS OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY: OUR OLDEST MUSICIAN IS IN HIS 70’S.  OUR YOUNGEST IS A VIVACIOUS AND TALENTED MEXICAN WOMAN NAMED ALEJANDRA BAEC.  HER EXCITING ENERGY CAN BE FELT NOT ONLY IN HER MUSIC, BUT ALSO FOUND IN HER SONGWRITING…..AND NOW, HER WORDS ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE OF DAILY LIFE DURING THIS UNCERTAIN TIME CAN RING TRUE FOR SO MANY OF US.   

THIS IS WHAT ALEJANDRA HAS TO SAY FROM HER HOME IN MEXICO…..

(IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH)

(SPANISH)

LA MAÑANA ME DESPIERTA.

BAJO A LA COCINA A PREPARAR CAFÉ, Y EN EL CAMINO ME ENCUENTRO A MI FAMILIA.
LOS 4 JUNTOS EN CASA.

RECUERDO ESTAR EN LA CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, DISFRUTANDO DE UNOS DÍAS DE DESCANSO.
MI HERMANA ESTABA EN MONTERREY, VIVIENDO SUS PRIMEROS DÍAS DE UNIVERSIDAD, Y MIS PADRES ESTABAN EN GUADALAJARA VISITANDO A MI TÍO, Y PRIMAS.

RESPIRO Y SOSTENGO MI TAZA.
REFLEXIONO LO QUÉ PASÓ, PASA, Y PASARÁ…
UNA Y OTRA VEZ.
ESTOY VIVIENDO UN MOMENTO PERSONAL CONFUSO, EN UN SEGUNDO CAMBIA TODO.
¡QUÉ VULNERABLE ES LA REALIDAD! ¡NUESTRA REALIDAD!

APROXIMADAMENTE UN MES LLEVAMOS TODOS EN CASA, CON EL MUNDO PARALIZADO ALLÁ AFUERA.
SIN CONTACTO SOCIAL EN CUALQUIER ÁMBITO
(A MENOS QUE PIDAS UNA PIZZA, ESTÁ CLARO QUE LOS REPARTIDORES SON INMUNES A CUALQUIER TIPO DE AFECCIÓN)
SIN TRABAJO, EN LA INCERTIDUMBRE CRECIENTE Y COLECTIVA DE NO SABER.
LA RESPIRACIÓN LENTA Y PROFUNDA HA SIDO MI COMPAÑERA, CALLANDO ASÍ EL BOMBARDEO DIARIO Y CONSTANTE DE NOTICIAS.

POR UNA PARTE, ME SIENTO FELIZ. TRANQUILA DE PODER DISFRUTAR LOS DÍAS CON MI FAMILIA. DE TENER UN HOGAR DONDE VIVIR, DE TENER COMIDA PARA COMER, DE TENER UNA GUITARRA PARA TOCAR.
UNA CONSCIENCIA SE APODERA DE MI CUANDO ME DOY CUENTA DE LO AFORTUNADA QUE SOY. RESPIRO E INHALO AGRADECIMIENTO HACIA LA VIDA. TRANSFORMANDO EL MIEDO, LA PARANOIA, LA DESESPERACIÓN, EL MIEDO Y MÁS MIEDO, EN SILENCIO.
SILENCIO QUE YO MISMA GRITO, Y ESCUCHO.
SILENCIO QUE SE APODERA DE LAS CALLES, AL RITMO DEL DESEO ESCANDALOSO DE ESTAR BIEN.

TERMINO MI CAFÉ, Y ABRAZO MI REALIDAD. NUESTRA REALIDAD.
AQUÍ ESTAMOS, Y AQUÍ SEGUIREMOS.
SOMOS FUERTES. SOMOS ESPECIALES.
TENEMOS LA HABILIDAD DE EJERCITAR NUESTRA MENTE Y CUERPO.
DE TOMAR EL CONTROL DE ADENTRO, Y NO QUERER HACERLO DE AFUERA.
EL CAMBIO ESTÁ IMPLÍCITO EN EL ACTO DE VIVIR.

ESTAR CON MI FAMILIA, TOCAR EN MI CUARTO, LEER, ESCUCHAR MÚSICA, CANTAR, PINTAR, COMER, JUGAR, DORMIR, ESTAR EN LA HAMACA, SON MIS ACTIVIDADES DURANTE ESTE CONFINAMIENTO.

VER DONDE ESTOY PARADA, Y A DONDE QUIERO IR.

(ENGLISH)

THE MORNING WAKES ME UP.

I GO DOWN TO THE KITCHEN TO MAKE COFFEE, AND ON THE WAY I MEET MY FAMILY.
THE FOUR OF THEM TOGETHER AT HOME.

I REMEMBER BEING IN MEXICO CITY, ENJOYING A FEW DAYS OFF.
MY SISTER WAS IN MONTERREY, LIVING HER EARLY DAYS OF COLLEGE, AND MY PARENTS WERE IN GUADALAJARA VISITING MY UNCLE, AND COUSINS.

I BREATHE AND HOLD MY CUP.
I REFLECT ON WHAT HAPPENED, IT HAPPENS, AND IT WILL HAPPEN…
OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
I AM LIVING A CONFUSING PERSONAL MOMENT, IN A SECOND EVERYTHING CHANGES.
HOW VULNERABLE REALITY IS!

ABOUT A MONTH WE ALL TOOK YOU HOME, WITH THE WORLD PARALYZED OUT THERE.
NO SOCIAL CONTACT IN ANY FIELD
(UNLESS YOU ORDER A PIZZA, IT IS CLEAR THAT DELIVERY PEOPLE ARE IMMUNE TO ANY TYPE OF CONDITION)
NO WORK, IN THE GROWING AND COLLECTIVE UNCERTAINTY OF NOT KNOWING.
SLOW, DEEP BREATHING HAS BEEN MY COMPANION, QUIETLY THE DAILY AND CONSTANT BOMBARDMENT OF NEWS.

ON THE ONE HAND, I FEEL HAPPY. DON’T BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE DAYS WITH MY FAMILY. TO HAVE A HOME TO LIVE IN, TO HAVE FOOD TO EAT, TO HAVE A GUITAR TO PLAY.
A CONSCIOUSNESS TAKES HOLD OF ME WHEN I REALIZE HOW LUCKY I AM. I BREATHE AND INHALE GRATITUDE TO LIFE. TRANSFORMING FEAR, PARANOIA, DESPAIR, FEAR AND MORE FEAR, INTO SILENCE.
SILENCE THAT I MYSELF CRY, AND LISTEN.
SILENCE THAT TAKES OVER THE STREETS, TO THE RHYTHM OF THE SCANDALOUS DESIRE TO BE WELL.

I FINISH MY COFFEE, AND I EMBRACE MY REALITY. OUR REALITY.
HERE WE ARE, AND HERE WE WILL CONTINUE.
WE’RE STRONG. WE’RE SPECIAL.
WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO EXERCISE OUR MIND AND BODY.
TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE INSIDE, AND NOT WANT TO DO IT FROM THE OUTSIDE.
CHANGE IS IMPLICIT IN THE ACT OF LIVING.

BEING WITH MY FAMILY, PLAYING IN MY ROOM, READING, LISTENING TO MUSIC, SINGING, PAINTING, EATING, PLAYING, SLEEPING, BEING IN THE HAMMOCK, ARE MY ACTIVITIES DURING THIS CONFINEMENT.

SEE WHERE I’M STANDING, AND WHERE I WANT TO GO.

COVID-19:

A DAY IN A CONTAINED LIFE WITH

YUMAR BONACHEA

(Trumpet, Composer, Arranger-Mexico)

THE PRESENCE OF THE LATIN MUSICIANS IN THE GUMBO SQUARE BAND IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE OVERALL GLOBAL MUSIC STRONGLY FELT IN OUR RECORDINGS. WE’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO YUMAR BONACHEA, WHO IS ONE OF SUCH MUSICIANS. WITH THE CUBAN FLAVOUR IN HIS HORN ARRANGEMENTS, IN SONGS SUCH AS “LOVE IS” AND “FALLEN ANGEL”, YUMAR CONTRIBUTED TO THE FRAMING OF INTENSITY OF EACH TUNE, WHILE BRINGING ATTENTION TO THOSE IN NEED ALL OVER THE WORLD, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME.

HERE ARE YUMAR’S THOUGHTS ON THE EVENTS TOUCHING THE GLOBAL STAGE…..

… HA SIDO DIFÍCIL DESDE EL COMIENZO, LO MÁS DIFÍCIL PARA MI Y CREO PARA CUALQUIER MÚSICO ES NO SALIR A ENSAYAR, TOCAR, GRABAR, CONCIERTOS, VIAJES ETC, PERO, QUE A PESAR DE TODO, SE QUE LA ÚNICA MANERA DE SALIR LO MÁS PRONTO POSIBLE ES QUEDARSE EN CASA, POR LO QUE HE ACTIVADO UNA RUTINA DIARIA, ARREGLANDO COSAS PENDIENTES EN LA CASA DE LAS QUE UNO NUNCA “TIENE TIEMPO” ESTE ES EL MOMENTO, REALIZAR UN POCO DE EJERCICIOS, ALIMENTARSE SANAMENTE, ESTUDIAR MI INSTRUMENTO Y SEGUIR CREANDO Y HACIENDO MÚSICA DESDE NUESTRO HOGAR. NO HAY QUE PREOCUPARSE DE MÁS. SOLO ES UNA PEQUEÑA PAUSA, UN COMPAS DE ESPERA. MIENTRAS SIGAMOS LAS REGLAS, PRONTO TODO VOLVERÁ A LA NORMALIDAD, Y SALDREMOS CON MUCHA FUERZA Y GANAS DE NUEVO A NUESTRA VIDA DE SIEMPRE… ÁNIMO!”

(ENGLISH)

“… IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT FROM THE BEGINNING, THE HARDEST THING FOR ME AND I THINK FOR ANY MUSICIAN IS NOT TO GO OUT TO REHEARSE, PLAY, RECORD, CONCERTS, TRIPS ETC, BUT, DESPITE EVERYTHING, I KNOW THAT THE ONLY WAY OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IS TO STAY AT HOME, SO I HAVE ACTIVATED A DAILY ROUTINE, FIXING PENDING THINGS IN THE HOUSE THAT ONE NEVER “HAS TIME” THIS IS THE TIME , DO SOME EXERCISES, EAT HEALTHILY, STUDY MY INSTRUMENT AND CONTINUE TO CREATE AND MAKE MUSIC FROM HOME. THERE’S NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. IT’S JUST A LITTLE PAUSE, A WAITING BAR. AS LONG AS WE FOLLOW THE RULES, SOON EVERYTHING WILL RETURN TO NORMAL, AND WE WILL COME OUT VERY STRONGLY AND DESIRE AGAIN TO OUR USUAL LIFE. CHEER UP!”

COVID-19

A DAY IN A CONTAINED LIFE WITH

JENN

Jenn, a songwriter and songstress in her own right, speaks to all of us….and the world at large……..

COVID-19

A DAY IN A CONTAINED LIFE WITH

DIANA WOLF

HELLO, MY NAME IS DIANA WOLF.

A VERSATILE ROCK SINGER AND MUSICIAN, SONGWRITER.

LIVING THE ERA OF THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC COVID-19.

AMAZED TO BE ABLE TO LIVE THIS EXPERIENCE. AMAZED BECAUSE IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY OF SELF-GROWTH FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL IN THE PLANET.

FINALLY SOMETHING FAIR TO ALL AT THE SAME TIME. A PUNISHMENT TO OTHERS, A LESSON, AND THEN AGAIN, AN OPPORTUNITY.

MY PERSPECTIVE TO ALL THIS IS THAT WE, AS ONE, CAN GET BACK ON TRACK IN A DIFFERENT LEVEL, FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE OUTCOME OF ALL THIS IN THE NEW FUTURE AND MEANWHILE LIVING MY PRESENT AS IT SHOULD BE. LIVING THE PRESENT BECAUSE THAT IS ALL WE HAVE ANYWAY.

WORRY, OR BE AWARE.. MANY PEOPLE DIE DAILY FROM A VAST OF NUMEROUS KIND OF DISEASES. WE CAN BE CAREFUL AND FOCUS TO MAINTAIN OURSELVES MENTALLY UNTIL THIS IS OVER, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I’M STILL WORRIED ABOUT AND SADLY IT LOOKS LIKE THIS WON’T END SO SOON OR IF IT EVER WILL, IS THE HUNGRY POOR CHILDREN IN THE WORLD.

HOPEFULLY, THEY GET THE ATTENTION THE SAME WORLD IS GIVING NOW TO ALL, BUT TO THEM.

MAY THIS ERA TEACH US A LESSON, BE MORE CREATIVE, AWARE AND LOVING AS ONE..


DIANA WOLF
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COVID-19:

A DAY IN A CONTAINED LIFE WITH…..

WHITNEY G. JONES

(Lead and Backing Vocalist, Songwriter-London UK)

IN THE CURRENT UNCERTAIN CLIMATE OF THE WORLD, I HAVE DRAWN EVEN STRONGER IN MY FAITH. AS A CHILD I HAD STRONG ROOTS IN MY LOCAL CHURCH AND I HAVE CARRY MY FAITH THROUGHOUT MY LIFE. MY FAITH IS PURE AND SIMPLE. IT IS LOVE. I BELIEVE IN SOMETHING GREATER THAN MYSELF AND IT ENABLES ME TO LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY, HAVE COMPASSION FOR OTHERS, TO BE KIND, CARING, GENEROUS AND HUMBLE.

AS AN ARTIST, SINGING AND PERFORMING FOR AUDIENCES IS SOMETHING I LOVE TO DO. THIS HAS COME TO AN ABRUPT END, BUT ONLY FOR THE TIME BEING. I AM SPENDING THIS VALUABLE TIME WITH BEING MENTALLY STRONG, BEING CREATIVE MUSICALLY AND KEEPING PHYSICALLY FIT. I EMPLOY EVERYONE TO REALISE THAT, AS DEVASTATING AS THIS COVID19 IS, PLEASE PLEASE KEEP WELL, REMAIN SAFE FOR THIS TOO SHALL PASS…..

GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND OUR WORLD.

All Autistics and their families in the world are in desperate need of support and understanding of all people and nations. By opening our minds to dialogue and actions, one person at a time, we all can make a difference. If we don’t reach out our hands to them, our hearts can’t understand them. The Gumbo Square Band dedicates their song, #OneGoodReason, to all the families touched by Autism….not just today….but every day.

#voice4thevoiceless #globalissue #gumbosquareband

One Good Reason (Bonus Track)

Music by Amy Zahedi and Serge Grad

Lyrics by Amy Zahedi, Serge Grad and Maria Speight

All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Vocals by Geneviève Cava. Bass by Frank Itt. Electric Guitar by Gerd Vogel. Acoustic Guitar by Alex Can. Drums by Geoff Britton. Hammond Organ by Markus Ruffing. Piano by Serge Grad. Keyboards by Serge Grad. Editing by Serge Grad. Mixing and Mastering by Frank Itt.

““I love it, I really do…..so touching…””

— BY A PARENT OF AN ADULT AUTISTIC MAN, ENGLAND ABOUT THE SONG, “ONE GOOD REASON” BY THE GUMBO SQUARE BAND. @AUTCAREANDSHARE (TWITTER) #ADULTAUTISM #VOICE4THEVOICELESS #ONEGOODREASON #GUMBOSQUAREBAND

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