Monday, April 15, 2013
My name is Tracy Lyn Grigonis (My friends call me Tré) born on December 13, 1962 - in San Rafael, CA at 2:09am. Yep, a San Francisco Bay area native. My parents met in an art class at the College of Marin, and later both became fine artists. He changed the spelling of our name to Gregonis in the 70's. I grew up in Sonoma county in the 60's & 70's. I started singing at an early age and spent years singing in big Pentecostal gospel choirs. I majored in Psychology & Business Administration. The paint brush and palette knife have always been close friends of mine. I wrote erotica for a few years under a secret pen name. I kissed a few toads, married and divorced a couple, so I kept the name Taylor. I never had any kids.
I spent years in vocal training. I studied with Raz Kennedy (Bobby McFerrin), The Jazz School in Berkeley, CA and studied with David Stroud (Seth Riggs-Speech Level Singing). I worked as a lead vocalist in Rhythm & Blues, Americana bands, Big Funk Corporate Dance Bands throughout the 80's & 90's. Jazz then became my true passion. I am a working jazz vocalist in the San Francisco bay area. If you have found yourself visiting the "Fillmore Jazz Preservation District of San Francisco", you may have heard me croon with some world class jazz musicians. Since 1999, The Dangerous Martini Quartet, Ruben Salcido (saxophone), Mark Petrella (bass), Dean Cook (drums), Doug Wendt (guitar) and I have been keeping the cocktail movement alive and well in creative ways. Abstract Acrylic & Oils helped me in the 80’s & 90's in the Sausalito art scene. My new mediums for the past few years has become ARTCARS and wild fashion accessories.
I left out the yucky parts. All I will say is, since the age of 8, I have lived daily with PTSD, Depression and Severe Dyslexia. With no support or help, I somehow made it through on my own. Later in life, I went through ALL of the treatments and drugs the medical industry could "Practice" on me. You see those drug commercials and hear them rattle off all of the "Side Effects?" - They are EFFECTS. They almost killed me. I fired all of the doctors, changed my diet and began to simplify my life. It took me 9 months of withdrawals and detox to get off of the prescription medications. I did it alone, against the system. It was rough, but I am still here and have found new ways to manage. I SHOULD WRITE A BOOK ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE. I know there are others out there going through this, you are NOT ALONE. I sing the shit out of the blues. : )
I have spent years recovering from my childhood and on a path of self discovery. I got into Milton Erickson teachings, Virginia Satir and the works of Richard Bandler and John Grinder. In the 90's, I became an Master Nero Linguistic Programming Practitioner and Certified Hypnotherapist. I even worked for NLP Institute Comprehensive/California and Anthony Robbins for a time. I learned a whole lotta good stuff, but mostly that doing a private practice was not my thing. I was better at helping others, it was not so easy to get into my own shadow self. After years of digging and studying with Carl Jung teachings, and finally sitting with and accepting my darkest most disowned parts of my identity, I found that simply following and listening to nature and being patient and compassionate with myself has greatly relieved my symptoms. Human nature is basically good, kind and cooperative when not living in an environment of fear, separation or scarcity.
Getting older has made it easier for me too. Keeping a sense of humor is key. Gluing garden ornament squirrels to my car covered in toy pinwheels, has pretty much cured my depression. IT'S FUNNY EVERYDAY! Silly Squirrels work WAY better than Prozac EVER did. I giggle every time I get into my car and drive to work. I love to make people smile, the world is my art gallery. It puts everything into perspective and reminds me to laugh and not take life too seriously. Self expression through art, music, cooking and exploring the mysteries of life is what I'm all about. I'm always trying out fun new recipes on my brave friends. Living steps away from the Pacific ocean has pretty much ended my panic and anxiety. I breath better here, and breathing deeply is where it's at.
By day, I work as a Corporate Event Planner and a Management Associate for a Biotech company, by night, I'm building, reading, learning, designing, creating and singing. I'm in the beginning stages of starting my own company here on really weird stuff.com. I’ve worked on some art installations on the Playa in Black Rock City, NV over the years, I also have visions of renegade public stealth art projects locally. Have you ever seen this Artcar? Have you lounged in my Swanky Bar Car?
Wanna see how good a bad girl can be in the kitchen? Ever have an Aneurjizum? They say "Erotica is using a feather, Pornography is using the whole chicken." Support us bay area art car artists, there are a few of us out here. I do have some great friends, they have become my family. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, there are so many fun things to do and amazingly cool and talented people to do them with. If you haven't visited yet, get over here and say hello.
May you enjoy what ever comes from my brain, voice, words, kitchen, spirit and artistic creation of silliness & heart. I love you and if your feeling lonely or nutty as hell, please know you are not alone. I encourage any input, responses, wisdoms, recipes and really weird stuff you want to hurl my way.
Very Truly Yours,
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