Setting the Stages of Grief to Music
to Help Us Move From Surviving to Thriving...

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What Is The Grieving Project?

An Inventive Unique Spoken Word Audiobook

Sets the stages of grief to music to help us move from surviving to thriving… the entire audiobook-all 22 tracks-is spoken over original musical compositions.

A Moving Journey Through 14 Stages of Grieving & Thriving

Four different people. Four different chronic illness experiences. Plunging through 14 stages of grieving and thriving, through a melding of words and an emotional orchestra. Taking us on a moving journey from surviving... to thriving.

A Road Map to Our Hearts...

The Grieving Project is an invitation for you to grieve your loss, your change, your unexpected and unwanted transformation, and the inspiration and encouragement you need to awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine and truly thrive!

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About "The Grieving Project"

The Grieving Project is an inventive and unique spoken word audiobook that sets the stages of grief to music to help us move from surviving to thriving… the entire audiobook-all 22 tracks-is spoken over original musical compositions.

Four different people. Four different chronic illness experiences. Plunging through 14 stages of grieving and thriving, through a melding of words and an emotional orchestra. Taking us on a moving journey from surviving... to thriving.

What can you do when you struggle with an illness or disability that doesn’t go away? You can deny it. You can suffer from and live in fear of it. You can scream at it and demand to know why it’s there. You can come to terms with it. You can feel sorry for yourself. You can make friends with it. You can learn to live your life with it. You can grieve. And perhaps if you grieve, you can awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine and thrive, not only despite, but because of it.

During the 12 years I’ve lived with my rare progressive muscle weakness disease, dermatomyositis, I forgot to grieve. Or perhaps, like many of you, I didn’t ever realize I needed to grieve an illness… In The Grieving Project, I’ve invited myself to grieve and thrive; to express and feel in all the ways I’ve intentionally avoided, and from my own experiences, created seven new stages of thriving that pick up after grieving.

Though presented as separate stages, grieving and thriving do not follow not linear timelines; they are a roller coaster with myriad twists and turns, and an intense jumble of simultaneous physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual feelings and reactions.

The Grieving Project is a road map to our hearts, an invitation for you to grieve your loss, your change, your unexpected and unwanted transformation, and the inspiration and encouragement you need to awaken, express, rejuvenate, activate, connect, shine and truly thrive!

Our Team (Credits)

The Grieving Project

Producer
Angelo "Scrote" Bundini

Engineers
Myles Boisen, Angelo "Scrote" Bundini

Additional Engineers
Lisa Sniderman, Harriet Tam, John Finkbeiner

Mixer
Bill Mims

Mastering Engineer
Rainer Gembalczyk

All music by Angelo “Scrote” Bundini / Teddy Spunko Music BMI 2020 except “Hand I Was Dealt” by Lisa Sniderman (Aoede) and “Thrive” by Lisa Sniderman (Aoede) & Angelo “Scrote” Bundini.

All arrangements by Angelo “Scrote” Bundini except horn arrangements on Don’t Tell Me This Is Happening, Make A Deal To Heal, Where To Begin, and Tell Me What To Eat.

Edited by Angelo “Scrote” Bundini.

Recorded at Guerrilla Recording, Oakland, CA. Additional recordings at New, Improved Recording, Low Overhead Studios, and Live From Blackbird Studios.

Mixed at Alpha Road Studios, Glendale, CA.

Concept by Lisa Sniderman. All lyrics by Lisa Sniderman.

Musicians

Orchestra Nostalgico

Chris Grady - trumpets, flugelhorn

Rob Ewing - trombones

Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, Bb clarinet

Sheldon Brown - bass clarinet, Turkish G clarinet, Db piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, tenor saxophone

Lewis Patzner - cello

Myles Boisen - guitars, pedal steel, lap steel, electric bass

John Finkbeiner
- guitars

Joshua Raoul Brody - piano, accordion, keys

Lisa Mezzacappa - acoustic & electric bass

John Hanes - drums

Angelo “Scrote” Bundini - electric & acoustic guitars

Tim Lefebvre - bass on Go Girl Go

Ben Peeler - 12 string acoustic guitars and banjo on Risky, 12 string acoustic guitars on Stars Wrapped In Skin, 12 string acoustic guitars on Live In The Grey

Ron Dziubla - baritone sax on Don’t Tell Me This Is Happening, Let The Good Ones Fly, Make A Deal To Heal, Tell Me What To Eat

Sound Effects
David Sands - Make A Deal To Heal

Vocals
Lisa Sniderman – vocals

Rachel Fulginiti - (voice of Danica) vocals on Don't Tell Me This is Happening, Make a Deal to Heal, Undiagnosed, I Chose You, Live in the Grey, Tell Me What to Eat, Go Girl Go, MS: My Story, Stars Wrapped in Skin, Thrive

Lauren Freedman - (voice of Charli) vocals on Make a Deal to Heal, Live in the Grey, Tell Me What to Eat, Risky, Go Girl Go, Stars Wrapped in Skin, Thrive

David Francisco - (voice of Brandon) vocals on Pain, Make a Deal to Heal, Three Things, Where to Begin, Stars Wrapped in Skin, Thrive

David Sands – (voice of Buzz Becker) vocals on Make a Deal to Heal

Album Artwork
Jasmine Raskas (unusmundusart.com)

Special thanks to: Marsha Slomowitz, Glen Abrahams and William Bower-Leet

Additional Artwork
Sam Brown Art (https://www.ceruleansam.com/)

© 2020 Lisa Sniderman/Aoede

About Angelo "Scrote" Bundini

Angelo "Scrote" Bundini has worked as a musician and/or record producer with Grammy winners, Oscar winners, legendary performers, cultural icons, and world class artists alike including Sting, Seal, Todd Rundgren, Adrian Belew, Gary Oldman, Ewan McGregor, Rumer, Jackson Browne, No Doubt, Darren Criss, Simon Le Bon, Puscifer, and Daniel Johnston. He has produced and/or collaborated with Aoede on many of her albums (Affair with the Muse, Skeletons of the Muse, Is Love A Fairy Tale?, What Are Dreams Made of? Do You Believe In Magic?)

About the Album Cover and Artist

I was immediately drawn to the artist, Jasmine Raskas’s painting on the album cover (originally titled “Entanglement”) to embody The Grieving Project: the spirals, the play of light and dark, the bold colors and textures, the messiness, the frenzy, the expressiveness. Jasmine herself is no stranger to chronic illness, having faced life altering complications of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) for many years. I asked Jasmine to integrate into her painting, 14 elements representing the 14 Stages of grief and thriving. She responded by painting her grief: 14 individual paintings! Each one expresses in paint one of the 14 Stages. Then, she shrunk them to fit on the painting! What I also love is that The Grieving Project wasn't limited to the spoken word and music, but extended and crossed into the visual art!

BEHIND THE ALBUM COVER ART!

  • THE 14 STAGES

    (Click on photo gallery and click on painting above to see corresponding locations)

    1-Shock and Denial
    « 1 of 14 »

     

Sam Brown a visionary artist from New Mexico known for his spiral paintings, also contributed to The Grieving Project, inspired to paint this evocative piece:

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BEHIND THE MUSIC!

BEHIND THE VOICES!

50% of all proceeds from the sale of The Grieving Project Audiobook will be donated to Myositis Support and Understanding Association (MSU), a patient-centered, all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization empowering the Myositis Community through education, support, awareness, advocacy, access to research, and need-based financial assistance. 

Having lived with dermatomyositis, a form of myositis, for 12 years, improving the lives of those living with myositis is near and dear to my heart. Further, my personal experience with MSU has shown that they go above and beyond to support their members, as well others in need, and do so with enthusiasm, determination, compassion and passion. Gratitude to MSU for also graciously offering to share The Grieving Project with their members and others who might benefit, recognizing how art and music can be an opening to help us process grief and loss from our illnesses.

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Don't forget to Grieve...