Born in the faraway city of Kiev, Ukraine and brought to the United States at the tender age of seven, Nina Vyedin spent most of her childhood memorizing rather long Russian poems about cockroaches, showing off scales on her violin to her kindergarten classmates, and writing secret novels in rainbow gel pen, which she hid under her bed. She spends much of her time today doing the same things, except now involving a guitar, pretty recording toys, and poems. Nina first began performing in middle and high school, covering songs by The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, and her favorite Simon and Garfunkel at school talent shows and coffeehouse nights. When her friend informed her that she was looking for volunteers to contribute to a compilation of original songs as a school fundraiser, Nina responded by writing her first song. Although she did not know it at the time, this experience of shaping a song and watching it come to life would stick with her through her college years, and it wasn’t long before she was spending long hours experimenting with guitar lines and lyrics, and crafting a style which she hopes is distinctly her own.
Nina’s songs often feature her friends, classical or steel string guitar, a glockenspiel that she bought for $20 on craigslist, her retro-80s 4-octave Casio keyboard nicknamed C.K., and special guest vocals when volunteered by her rambunctious nine-year old cockatiel Joey. When she is not writing and recording Nina enjoys singing German opera, providing somewhat acceptable rock guitar riffs for musical theatre productions about things like Jesus or AIDS (Godspell. RENT.), finding exciting synonyms in her thesaurus, and taking luxurious bubble baths.
Edited by iloveollie on 11 Jun 2010, 17:18
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