Only two months removed from opening for rising-star Sharon Little at Cooldog Concert Series, singer-songwriter Trini Lima will return to cap off the venue's year with a bang on Dec. 31, sharing the bill with her buddy Adam Murray, of the Dover-based Adam Murray Project band.
Trini, which is her stage name, will be accompanied by a backing-band (Trini & Friends).
Hard to categorize since her style is rooted in folk, power-rock and a host of other elements — with lyrics touching on topics including mysticism and love — the 36-year-old Trini, of Dover, is ready to end 2012 on a good, musical note.
Q Will your third time performing at Cooldog be the charm?
A I really hope so. Nothing would make me happier than to perform here again. I would like to see what else I can bring to the table elsewhere, though. I mean, even if it was just me and my guitar, playing for about an hour, hour-and-a-half set. Hopefully, I'll be able to develop a CD very soon.
Q What was it like to recently open for Sharon Little?
A When I met her she had such an awesome, bubbly personality. And she's a wonderful, wonderful talent. It was really cool to open up for somebody like that. And my feelings are mutual for the Adam Murray Project. I definitely was a lot more prepared to open for Sharon Little than the last time when I opened for Wine & Alchemy at Cooldog [in 2011], because a lot of it had to do with nerves. I had a lot more confidence this year than I would've last year — in a nutshell. Last year was my first-time run performing at Cooldog.
Q So in 2011 you felt like the new kid on the block when it came to your Cooldog debut?
A I had no knowledge of house concerts. I only heard some things of it, but not enough to really question any further about it. Then later when I realized what it was… I was just naïve to a lot of things. And I don't know why I had such a discomfort just being on stage [opening for Wine & Alchemy] and being like, "oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God." It's not like I hadn't performed in front of large groups of people before. But I don't know why — I guess it was just was one of those moments. But this year it was like, "Ah — I've done this already. I can do it with my eyes closed [laughs]."
Page 2 of 2 - Q Give us a peek at some of the songs you might sing.
A Usually, my opener song is one called "Storm."
Q What's "Storm" about?
A You'd have to ask the writers of the song [laughs]. My interpretation of it is when you talk about storms, you can use it as a metaphor like, "This, too, shall pass."
And my song "Touch The Sky" is sort of about mysticism, history and that sort of thing. It's supposed to give you a sense of Atlantis and the Mayans — not the-end-of-the-world Mayans [laughs], but civilizations like that, that there was an innocence to that, that I think the world still needs to touch base with. At that time there was warmth and a sense of loving nature and that sort of thing. When I say Atlantis — it gives a sense of flowing, underwater and you think about the fantasy pictures with dolphins and whales or space. It reminds you of being one with the universe.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Concert by Trini & Friends and the Adam Murray Project
WHEN 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31
WHERE Cooldog Concert Series, house concert in northern Kent County (address will be provided after RSVP)
COST $20 adult; $12 ages 10-18 and active military