Advance praise for Get It While You Can:

“With a pitch-perfect ear for lyricism and rhythm, Nick Jaina interlaces personal narrative, music criticism, and intimate correspondences into one of those rare books that breaks new literary ground while also making you feel deeply. Jaina lays himself bare, sentence after sentence, yet never dominates the stage. He’s content to mastermind the show from the background, letting exquisite riffs about Nina Simone, Ray Charles, and Paul Simon stand in as emotional correlates for his own heartbreak and music industry tribulations. Get It While You Can is a brilliant and compassionate work by a serious new literary talent.”
—Justin Hocking, author of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

“My buddy Matty once ran into a basketball pole after gracefully hitting a layup. It was such an amazing contradiction to watch, the athleticism followed by the shot to the nuts. Doubled-over and heaving, all he could muster was, ‘I’m okay, it’s okay, you can laugh.’ Get It While You Can seems considerate and amazing in the same way. Jaina is willing to expose some of his most vulnerable experiences to the world, and even though it still pains him, he can let others have a laugh at his expense. It’s courageous.”
—Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers

Get it While You Can is a hilarious, poignant story. Nick Jaina meditates on music, silence and noise, ambition, love and desire, and what artistic success means and does not mean. He learns to reach for what he loves, for what is right before him, and turns away from what does not exist and what he cannot control.”
—Jay Ponteri, author of Darkmouth Strikes Again and Wedlocked

I wrote a book called Get It While You Can, published by Perfect Day Publishing. It is a great Christmas gift that you can pre-order now. Only $8.

From the publisher:

"When his beloved guitar is stolen, Nick Jaina finds himself untethered from the dream he’s pursued since he was sixteen. No matter how many albums he’s released or tours he’s led, he still can’t shake the feeling that he has failed at life. So the critically acclaimed, endlessly heartbroken singer-songwriter checks himself into a ten-day silent retreat. As those silent days unfold, Jaina attempts to rewire his own brain in a burst of unpredictable digressions and unsent love letters, musings on the miracles of science and the fallen heroes of popular music. Get It While You Can is a late-night ode to the pursuit of sanity."

Pre-order here.

A couple pieces from the book in earlier incarnations:

Where We Can Never Reach Them: The Effects of Love Songs on Their Intended Subjects
A survey on the ability of love songs to woo anyone, featuring interviews with people I've written love songs about.

- Unsent Love Letter #1: Quantum Entanglement
The first in a series of passionate letters that say things I'm not able to say in any other fashion.

More info here.

Upcoming live readings:

January 20, 2015
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA

January 22, 2015
Paper Hound Bookshop
344 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC

January 25, 2015
A Reading
232 SW Ankeny
Portland, OR

January 28, 2015
Official Portland book release
1001 SE Division Street
Portland, OR

January 29, 2015
Second Official Portland book release
2958 NE Glisan
Portland, OR

February 5, 2015
Late Night Library
Literary Arts
925 SW Washington
Portland, OR


My one-man show: THE HOLE IN THE COFFIN

The Hole in the Coffin is a 50-minute story told through words and music by me, Nick Jaina, about a strange experience I had in New Orleans of going to the funeral of my hero and ending up inside the coffin with a gun and a bible. I try to unravel the information I am given, reconnect with my former love, and piece together the perfect love song.

Upcoming Performances of The Hole in the Coffin

December 20, 2014
3728 J Place
Seaview, WA

December 31, 2014
First Night Tacoma
at Broadway Center
901 Broadway
Tacoma, WA

January 24, 2015
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
at Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street
Granville Island
Vancouver, Canada







I presented two new contemporary dances at Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 16th and 17th. The program was reviewed in the New York Times:

"[The} pure, pungent, earthy music for strings, piano, and percussion... were the most physically bracing part of the night."

The music is available to stream or download at the Satellite Ensemble Bandcamp page.