Among all the different art forms, music has always been and always will be the one to which every human being is naturally connected to. We start loving music when our parents sing us lullabies to help us falling asleep, when we are at an infant stage of our lives and we carry music throughout our whole existences, either when we sing loud under the shower or when we are with friends, messing around or even when we get our hearts broken, as teenagers, when we meet the first boy or girl that makes our hearts racing at an insane speed. And the circle of life goes on and on, with music always been there, as a trusted companion constantly present, ready to evoke happy or sad memories at our command.

For a music artist, said art form is much, much more. It's what they are, it's the only way they have always known about expressing who they are, their feelings, anxieties, fears, hopes and dreams, through their musical abilities.

The secret of longevity has always been one of the biggest enigmas, in one's life. Sometimes we believe that an individual may have good genes running into his/her veins, maybe a family gift but some other times, we have to provide to ourselves that food for soul indispensable for our everyday's life.

Artists like New York City's born Mike Garson, one of the most prominent Avant-Garde pianists and composers of the last half a century, find instead the necessary fuel to power the engine of their creativity by working incessantly on new projects, constantly looking ahead to create new sonic layers and shape them into melodies or anything that it is strictly related to that wonderful art form that it is music.

During our lifetime, we all strive to get to a point where we are comfortable with our existences and with our hopes and dreams. The latter, perhaps not completely fulfilled but, at least, with the awareness that, during the years we got to know ourselves a bit better through life's many experiences.

The way we build said awareness may vary, depending what we do for a living and often dictated by circumstances arising through the years in our personal lives.

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There is no point in trying to deny that we have all, at a certain point of our youth, made big dreams about life. It's part of our DNA and we can't help it. For most of us, those dreams, through the years, settle into a more common everyday's dynamic, with bills to be paid, a family to look after etc. 

For some others, though, those dreams become a wonderful reality. If you are a musician in your teenage years and you find yourself in a world where you get to grow up surrounded by the attention and the consideration of artists of the stature of B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan and have someone like James Brown writing his thoughts about you on the sleeve notes of your debut album, that means that you might be someone really special.

There is a marvelous sounding word, in Brazilian language, that translates the feeling of what we call in US, UK and even in Italy, Nostalgia. That word, in Portuguese/Brazilian, is translated Saudade. A word often connected to Latin music coming from that part of the world and present in many lyrics of songs from poets of traditional Brazilian music, from the late great Joao Gilberto to Antonio Carlos Jobim or from Caetano Veloso to Toquinho, just to mention a few.

But Saudade is also something that can relate to other music genres, something that, in later years, London-based Punk/Rock trio Yur Mum have found out by themselves, when they decided to get together and form this highly energetic band. When (at the time) Brazilian guitarist and now drummer Fabio Couto and his partner (in music as in personal life), singer/songwriter and bass player Anelise Kunz met Hungarian guitarist Akos Gado in London, there was a unanimous desire to form a band that would fully express Couto and Kunz’s desire to get back from a more direct and raw sonic expression of their artistry as musicians and fulfill Gado’s rock’n’roll dreams.

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