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The Eternal Transition

In Contributors, Family, Living, News, People, Quotes, Work on January 27, 2016 at 09:00

By JT Gautreau

“We are prisoners in the present, locked in eternal transition between our past and our future” – Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Before I introduce myself, I wanted to show you this quote by Dr. Neil Tyson (Astrophysicist) because it’s incredibly relevant to my life which I’ll talk to you more about soon, but it’s also relevant to your life, yes, you reading me right now, no longer in your 20s but not yet in your 40s.

My name is JT, I’m a 34 year old singer-songwriter from the sunny and beautiful Dominican Republic. I currently live in Vienna, Austria; where the never-ending supply of schnitzels, wursts and beer is a constant threat to my weight especially now that I’m in my 30’s. But I didn’t start off as a singer-songwriter even though I’ve been playing instruments since I was a child. Like many children from third world countries you must study business, law, medicine or engineering, otherwise you are boycotting your future, but we’ll get to that soon.

I had a wonderful childhood filled with love, attention, the occasional smack in the ass by my mother and lots of toys. I was raised as an only child, you see, (own horn tooting alert!), a normal, non-spoiled one, I’d like to believe. My mother is a surgeon, my father a Psychology major/Marketing master and both of them are also Politicians. I know I ask myself the same question, how did I end up as a singer, in Vienna? As a teenager, I was always playing music, writing lyrics, humming songs, drawing marker tattoos all over my body and vicariously living through my favourite band’s music videos, yet I never really thought about dedicating my life to music, not in the real world at least, even though in my imagination I was a rock star.


After school I went to university and majored in Marketing, that was it, adulthood had begun and my dreams got locked in a closet somewhere near my guitar. I graduated with honors and flew to Spain to complete a Master’s degree in Advertising, my mom was proud. But while in Spain I started playing guitar again and recording some music and as simple as it became very clear to me what I wanted to do with my life. I called my mother and told her I was going to finish the master program, but I was going to play music and write songs for a living. As you might expect a huge argument followed, even breaking off communication for some days, but I was determined! (She later understood and has ever since been my number one supporter). I completed a master program in Audio Production and a Post-graduate degree in Audio Engineering in Barcelona.

I recorded my first album in 2012 titled ‘Hay Veces’, it was a compilation of songs in Spanish and it was a fantastic experience, seeing my work and concept materialise in the form of a CD was something else. In 2013 I married a beautiful Polish girl and we moved to Vienna because of a job opportunity and in 2014 I recorded my first album with all songs in English titled ‘Crossing’ and have been gigging all over the place since.


Now that I told you a bit about my story I’d like to talk to you about growth, the past, the present and the future. For a while I was hunted by regret, I regretted not devoting myself a hundred percent to music earlier on, I regretted the years I invested acquiring various degrees in business that I was not making any use of, I even regretted not putting my wishes and desires ahead of anything or anyone else. But as Dr. deGrasse said, in the transition between my past and my future, I’ve learned to let go of regret and realise that the only thing you can change is the present, and every day you should work towards the things that make you happy, even if you have to do some things that you don’t like, eventually as time moves on you’ll be left with the good memories and the joyous moments, plus I wouldn’t be where I am nor think the way I think if it wasn’t for everything that I did or did not do. I learned this a long time ago, but only in my 30s had I achieved enough maturity to understand it and embrace it.

Thank you for reading this piece and thank you to Laura for suggesting I write it and share it with all of you. If you’d like to listen to some of my music, visit my website and of course I’m on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as in iTunesSpotify, Apple Music.



About JT:

JT Gautreau was born in the Caribbean city of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. Coming from a family of musicians and poets, took guitar at age 12 and singing at age 16 starting an obsession with music that lead him to interesting places all over the world including Barcelona, Spain where he got a degree in Music Production and Audio Engineering school in 2009. Back in Santo Domingo, he played in some of the most renowned stages and recorded his debut E.P., Hay Veces in 2012, an album with all songs in Spanish aimed to the Latin markets. In 2013, JT relocated back to Europe, this time to Vienna, Austria and recorded his debut E.P. in English titled Crossing, a compound of seven songs all written and recorded by JT. His songwriting ranges from acoustic soul to pop rock and RnB. With a unique performing style, he is a solo act who relies on an acoustic guitar and sometimes a loop pedal to entertain all types of audiences. There’s one word that describes JT’s live shows: ENTERTAINING. JT started a promotion tour from Crossing playing cities such as Warsaw, Krakow and Łódż in Poland, London in the U.K., and Vienna. More dates and cities are being constantly added to the growing promo tour for Crossing, so keep an eye out on the News section of his page


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“And Then the Thirties Come in Spain”

In Contributors, Family, Living, Money, People, Spirit, Work on November 12, 2013 at 20:07

By Gode Segura Amarante

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To be part of a culture in which most of the women think that being complete means to be married and have kids is a bit complicated, but as every mind is a different world, mine has been pretty different. Life is not perfect and now that I’m in my thirties I can say I’m very proud of what I have achieved not just in my professional life but also proud of the woman I have become throughout these years in my personal life. I’m grateful for the family I have and more than anything else for my parents, because without them I would not be the person I am today.

Everything started in 2003 when I was twenty-one years old, almost twenty-two. I always had the idea of having the experience of living in a different country and being on my own. One of my main objectives was to be an independent person. I was almost done with accounting school and I was considering applying to the University of Miami. I was preparing myself to take the English test to join UM but something happened. I met a friend who started talking about Europe, specifically Spain; and then I thought: “Ok, let’s see what Spain has to offer”. I started looking for Masters programs and I found several that I liked, therefore I applied. Some programs required the same test I took for UM so I thought: “That’s good, let’s go for it!” That is how I was finally admitted to a school in Madrid.

Madrid was the city that taught me the most important things in life. I realized that I was stronger than I thought. Having the people I love the most far away from me and being in a different culture with no one but myself. Spain has given me great friends; great loves (even though they were not forever), amazing moments as a student, traveler, woman, and party girl but mainly as a human being. I think I was lucky but I also believe that I worked hard to be where I am today. In a European country that today I call home. At twenty-five years old I had the opportunity of working for a multinational firm in Barcelona in foreign projects. At the age of twenty-nine I became a Finance Director for a US subsidiary in Spain. I can say that most Directors are not that age when they start. Today, I am almost thirty-two and I am Head of Finance of three more subsidiaries.

Despite the fact that my family and closest friends have been far from me, my relationship with them stays like the day I moved away, because in essence our souls and minds are together forever (Thank God for technology, with that I have the opportunity of contacting and seeing the people I love). The only thing I can say I miss is having someone to share my life with. I know Mr. Prince Charming does not exist but here in Madrid it has been so complicated. There is something that I will never understand here because it has not just happened to me but also to friends who are also successful. It seems that because of the fact that you are a successful woman men get afraid of you. Their macho mentality makes them think that if you are in a superior level (according to them), they are not good for you and you will leave them. Most of them don’t realize that what matters is what you are and what you can offer as a person, material things matter but what matters most is what you have inside. But it’s ok, not everyone is meant to end or have a couple, that will come if God decides that it’s meant to be. In the mean time we have to live as if it is the last day of our life and build and maintain the happiness. What I can say is that with time, in your thirties you become more demanding…OK, let’s say picky… because you realize, at least in my case, that you are a treasure that cannot be in just anyone´s hands. So finally I will say that age is what you have deep inside, thirty is just a number, what matters is what you have given and the knowledge you have acquired through time, when you make a journey for which you will be remembered forever.

About Godelena:

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, now based in Spain. Finance Director experienced in Auditing, Internal Control and Finance Management. Enjoys traveling, writing, singing and dancing. Characterized by being a hard worker and friendly woman. Success is her main objective. 


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