Portland musician and writer Nick Jaina's memoir "Get It While You Can" is a meditation on fear, freedom, heartbreak, and what it means to be a successful artist. Much of the book takes place at a silent mediation retreat. Those passages are interspersed with Jaina's meandering thoughts about unsent love letters, standout musical performances, day jobs that haunt him, and the bizarre death of 1960s daredevil Nick Piantanida.
This is Jaina's first book, but not his first foray into prose. He's chronicled his tours around the country with his band and other adventures in a column for Willamette Week. Many of the unsent love letters scattered throughout "Get It While You Can" originated on the Somnambulist blog.
- Nick Jaina: Portland musician and author