Debe Gunn masters Mexican mariachi music
As a songwriter, musician and producer, Debé Gunn did something unusual. Sure, she could have stuck with jazz, pop, R&B, rock, country and Broadway tunes, but she delved into something different: mariachi music. It’s the music of western Mexico and it goes back centuries. The combination of trumpets, violin and guitars help make it a great vehicle for expressing one’s heart and soul. Mariachi is both simple and complex and Gunn gladly took on the challenge of mastering it.
Music is pretty universal, and though most Americans assume the whole world speaks English, there are plenty of people who speak other languages, right? There are nearly half a billion Spanish speakers on the planet, and Gunn decided to learn that language so she could write songs in it. She took the time to learn the Spanish language from a teacher in Guatemala, doing one-on-one intensive study for months. Then she travelled to Mexico with a focus on visiting Guadalajara, the birthplace of mariachi music.
Once in Mexico, Gunn met up with real-deal mariachi singers and musicians, and she shared with them some of her songs. The result? Three mariachi albums: “Mariachi Diamonds,” “Mariachi Blessings” and “Trumpet Teardrops.” All three have Grammy-winning potential. Now, normally mariachi is a male-dominated music, so Gunn broke down some walls with her courage to wear traditional mariachi pants (something “women don’t do”) and submerse herself into a culture foreign to her own. Plus, she brought her jazz/pop influences to mariachi music, creating something unique that’s a gift to the world of music lovers… take a listen for yourself: