Stories From Home - Dione Taylor

Every week, we ask a different local artist to provide their unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view. Through words, video and music, each musician will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work.

This week, Dione Taylor talks about being in the moment, the importance of friends and family (and food and naps!), and releasing a new album during a pandemic.

"Living through the pandemic has effected almost all of my work, musically speaking. I’ve been a full time musician, singer/songwriter and performer since I was a child. My entire life is centred and wrapped around music. Since Covid hit in March, most of my work has either been postponed or canceled. Planning for the future is so difficult when there is still so much uncertainty surrounding this pandemic. I couldn’t just fly away or leave the situation because of the strict restrictions put on the entire world. So, those first few months were terribly difficult. For the first time in my life I had nothing to do and nowhere to go. I soothed myself by bathing in the sounds of my favourite music and I also came to discover some new artists through friends and peers. Even though I wasn’t inspired to write anything new I gave myself permission to just be in the moment. Also I have recently taken on a teaching position at my old stomping grounds at Humber College as a vocal teacher. It’s such a wonderful feeling to work with up and coming talent and pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation.

I’m learning a few things about myself during this time. Firstly, there are so many beautiful and meaningful lives to live outside of the world of music. Having a successful career is great and fun but having reliable and beautiful friends and family to depend on are invaluable to me. Secondly, I’m learning how to bake and I’m cooking more elaborate dishes from home! Thirdly, I’m learning that it’s ok not to have plans all the time. Also, naps!

I’m extremely lucky to have finished recording/mixing/mastering my latest album, “Spirits in the Water”, right as Covid was starting to hit North America. Originally, we planned to release the album in March but we waited and waited to see if things would improve. Finally with all the unrest and protests around the world I decided there was no better time than now to lend my voice to the cause. In June I released my first single "How Many Times” which speaks of the injustice that so many have been enduring for so long. We then scheduled the full album release to September 11, 2020. Honestly, I’m so thankful that we delayed the release because promoting the album has given me something to focus on. So far, the response has been so positive and encouraging. I’m truly grateful for everything."

Support Dione by purchasing her music at Bandcamp: https://dionetaylor.bandcamp.com/album/spirits-in-the-water.

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