What’s it like to walk away when you’ve almost become a rock star? is a unique experience experienced by After her contract, however, she actually decided to put her professional musical life on the back burner and embrace a more literary side.
This summer she will be releasing a new story plow blade, the authoritative literary magazine published by Emerson College. The touching story “Hello Kitty” will be part of her future novels. We ask Trinine how she combines her writing career, her former life as a rock star, and her love of literature and music into a series of books for those who love both. I asked him if he had started a local event.
This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
water town news: Please tell us the charm of “Hello Kitty”.
torinin: “Hello Kitty” is mainly a story about being very sad that your child will be an only child.
I have been through IVF for many years. I gave birth to her first only child at the age of 39, and I had a strong desire to have her siblings as I did. And I started to realize that maybe that wouldn’t happen. And I felt so sad and lonely for her. That’s the theme of this story, about what it’s like to have no siblings.
WN: Does your daughter know the contents of the essay?
torinin: She is now 20 years old. And I’m writing my second book now. [Hello Kitty is] Excerpt from the book. But she’s a funny girl and she’s never read my writing. She was like, ‘She just doesn’t want to read. But when this came out, I suddenly remembered and thought, I should have checked with you about this matter. So the other day she finally read the story, and I was very happy that she really liked it. It’s like a holy relief. What would I have done?
WN: When will the new book come out?
torinin: I’m still writing that new book. My first and only other book is called Everything I’m Cracked Up to Be. That was when I was considered a rock star in the 90’s. I won’t reveal too much, but the name of the new book is “Death is a Number.” And it’s basically about family. The logline is not yet complete as it is still in the process of anguish. However, basically he consists of three sections: pre-mathematics, mathematics, and post-mathematics. Hello Kitty is from the first section.
WN: Correct me if I’m wrong, but in your first book [“Everything I’m Cracked Up To Be”]there seems to be some kind of tension between deciding whether to keep trying to make this musical thing happen or to pull back.
torinin: I wrote and published this in the first place because, in addition to hopefully being a decent writer, when I signed with Warner Bros. because it was the maximum amount. That doesn’t mean I was that great. I was a newcomer and a completely unproven artist. I fit in some kind of niche and they all convinced me they needed me.
When I signed the contract, I was under a lot of pressure. I was supposed to be the next big thing. And I felt, rolling stone that summer. I was like, wow, this is a lot. Then I released an independent record called ‘Cockamamie’. And, you know, it did pretty well for a new artist, but it just didn’t compare to what they wanted. They literally wanted me to be Alanis Morissette in the end. And really I had nowhere to go.
You have to read books to understand more about the music business. At that point, I felt like I had been doing it for a long time. My heart was in writing, and I could feel the writing on the wall in the music business, so to speak. i’m good. I’m not very good at it. So I had kids, got back into writing, and changed my life.
WN: As someone who’s been in and out of the music industry, what’s your take?
Do you have any advice for people trying to become musicians these days?
Tyrnin: Well, if you want to be a musician, there are many ways to get involved with music. very, very much. I’m really just a songwriter and in the end my voice is enough. And I’m not so ugly Right.
If you can do anything else, I say, do other things and write songs in your spare time. It’s a very strange, unpredictable life with peaks and valleys. Really, the only people who stay there are those who have no other choice. they can’t do anything else. I believe people should follow their passions and follow their hearts. Then you will know if you need to get out of there. It’s a really, really, really hard business. I wish I had better advice.
WN: What about those who have their eye on the writing side?
torinin: I say the same thing.
WN: If you can do something else, would you try it?
torinin: yes. Among the people I know who are writers, real full-time musicians, real songwriters, you just do it because you have to. It’s hard to explain. Otherwise, especially in today’s world…if you have to do it, I think you have to do it. And if I didn’t have to do that, I would do something else. It may take some time to figure it out.
I think all of our parents agreed with what they told us to get on with our day job.
WN: Tell us a little bit about the Yearful event you’re hosting.
torinin: So Earfull, along with her late husband Mike Denneen, who ran two divisional recording studios, and my best friend Tim Huggins, who was the original owner of Newtonville Books back in the late ’90s, was Newtonville. It started in Or early 00’s. We started Earfull in 2000.
I was in the record industry basically in the 90’s.And I’m old and just sorting out
People thought it strange. But I majored in writing in college, and what I really wanted to do was
Back to writing. So I started writing a book that was going to be published and I was going back and forth between music and writing. I was in a band called Loveless and went to Harvard Extension School. I met people like Brad Watson, a great writer from the South, and he introduced me to Tim Huggins, also from the South. Those guys and a bunch of other people started coming to my rock shows, and then I started going to Tim’s Newtonville book readings. And I thought, I love reading, but sometimes I get a little sleepy. So we decided to do a show that combined reading and rock show.
And I have a friend named Michael Kramer. He ran a small bar called Candle Cafe.we do [these events ] Continue once a week for 6 weeks, then take a break. And people loved it. So we kept doing that for about three years or so. Then I had a daughter, so I took some time off with me, experienced a lot, and then started again.
So now I’m trying to build it. It’s a very simple concept. In two hours in a restaurant or pub he has two authors, two musical acts, and usually an audience of about 100 people or less. It has a very homely atmosphere. Everyone gets to know each other, regulars start coming, meeting people and getting interested in new artists. And music fans and book fans can be interested in new people they would otherwise never have heard.
WN: Is the goal to focus on local authors and local artists, or is the idea ‘this guy looks cool, let’s bring them in’?
torinin: That’s the combination. We want to keep everything local, so we have a local focus. We are expanding it to different regions and will be experimenting with expanding to Chicago. That would give rise to his two great writers and his two great musical artists living in Chicago. It should be about building trust and building community above all else.
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