My Interviews with...
Mary Lyn Maiscott
Mary Lyn grew up—in West Virginia and Missouri—with a love of words and a love of music. Her mother dreamed of writing a book (though she never did), and her father collected drums, maracas, and record albums of nearly every type. Mary Lyn switched from poetry to songs in her 20s, developing a style of thoughtful lyrics wed to catchy melodies. She’s played clubs ranging from CBGB’s and Folk City to the National Underground and Sidewalk Cafe. She’s also continued to write—her interviews with such singers as Linda Ronstadt, Debbie Harry and Sheryl Crow have appeared on VanityFair.com and StarPolish.com, her personal essays in Cosmopolitan and The Village Voice, and her fiction in The Portland Review. Mary Lyn has also worked as an editor, most notably for the John Lennon bio Nowhere Man, by Robert Rosen, whom she married in 2001. (She sang the Beatles’ “You Can’t Do That,” which appears on her CD, Blue Lights, at the book’s publication party at Don Hill’s in NYC.)
For Blue Lights, released in 2007, she culled the best tracks from various recording sessions and added a couple of new recordings, including “Midnight in California,” produced by Terence Dover (Céline Dion, Avril Lavigne). She has since released an EP, Crucified—a Vanity Fair Twitter pick—and the single “Alexander/Isabella,” a tender, transporting rock ballad inspired by the deep but troubled friendship of maverick superstar designer Alexander McQueen and off-beat fashion icon Isabella Blow. “Alexander/Isabella,” which Vanity Fair called “hauntingly beautiful,” also appears on her most recent EP, Tiny Stars, along with the title song—a swirling-night-sky meditation on love and loss, a soulful cri de coeur in the face of universal mysteries—and “Madame Olenska,” a rocker with a literary bent!
Her songs "Angel Tattooed Ballerina," about a runaway transgender teen, and "When Hell Freezes Over," a protest song written shortly after the presidential election, are also available as digital singles.