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Quarantine Diaries: REYNA Is Making A Dia De Los Muertos Ofrenda, Picking Up Exercising & Promoting "7'11"
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the music industry, GRAMMY.com reached out to a few musicians to see how they were spending their days indoors. Today, REYNA share their Quarantine Diary. Their single "7'11" is out now.
[9:15 a.m.] Wake up. I'm not an early riser, I'm a night owl and didn’t get to bed last night until 3 a.m which is normal for me. I scroll through my phone and cringe at the news like I do every day but at least my poodle, Lola, is snuggled up against me under the covers and it makes it better. I check my emails and messages then I roll out of bed and take Lola for a walk.
[10 a.m.-ish] Thanks to this pandemic, I have officially become someone who works out every day. I still can’t believe it, but I guess not having an excuse does that. It is now something I need in order to stay sane and in good spirits.
[11:15 a.m.] I'm not a normal person. I've only had water until now and I'm not hungry yet so I make some tea. I gave up caffeine a couple years ago because anxiety and caffeine don’t mix so now, I'm a weird human that can start their day without a hot cup of fun.
[11:45 a.m.] Breakfast. Greek yogurt with berries, chia seeds, almonds, and honey. My sweet tooth loves this. It's like dessert for breakfast but the chia seeds make it grown up and healthy right?
[12:45 p.m.] Waiting for Vic to come over for the day and she sends me this picture of her new newfoundland puppy, Benito Juarez, who is so cute I'm going to die. Yes, Vic and I have work to get done today but I really want her to come over so I can have Benito snuggles time.
[2 p.m.] Vic finally makes it down to my house with Benito. After a long snuggle sesh we grab our acoustic guitars which is the instrument we’ve been using the most lately and start rehearsing a new song and a set we have to film for a pre-recorded show. We have been doing so many virtual, stripped down shows and pre-recorded acoustic videos that it feels like our band is now acoustic. When quarantine started I was an okay guitar player (bass is my one and only love) but I can say that I am now a guitar player.
[4 p.m.] Time to do some promo for our new single so we record ourselves talking about the new single "7’11" for press and a video we are putting together. It’s always fun to sit and talk to Vic about the songs we write—they somehow always take on even more meaning after the song is done. This one is about a relationship that could have been perfect but it just wasn’t. I think we could talk about love songs and heart break forever.
[8 p.m.] After dinner we decide to finally put our ofrenda up for Dia De Los Muertos which we’ve been putting off for too long, I love love this holiday and tradition even though it can sometimes come with a lot of emotions. There is something magical and so comforting about seeing all of their beautiful faces together and taking a moment to remember them and honor them.
[11 p.m.] Time for some vino and to celebrate our new song "7’11" and it feels so so good to get this baby out. We wrote it in L.A. in January before this year got going with all the crazy. It feels like a life time ago. We collaborated with one of our favorite bands Coast Modern and it's probably our favorite song we’ve put out so far. Some days during quarantine are very hard but today is a good day. We don’t take for granted how lucky we are that we get to live our dream.