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Black Rainbow is a new album I made this spring in Portland, Oregon. It is a musical collaboration between me and percussionist Daniel Hunt (drummer for Neko Case). I recorded it with Victor Nash at Destination: Universe studios. It has warm electric guitars that go effortlessly from rhythm to solo. The lyrics are swirling with images of destruction and rebirth. In the black rainbow we can see all the colors shimmer in the light and we can also see the deepest black. Also featuring Stelth Ulvang and Byron Isaacs from The Lumineers, violinist/ singer Dorota Szuta, and violist Amanda Lawrence.

People often ask, “What’s the best way to listen to this where you get the most money?” And the answer is to download it from Bandcamp and pay what you want.

You can also listen to Black Rainbow below, or wherever you stream or download music.

nick jaina writing workshops

Nick Jaina

is an author and musician born in Sacramento and currently residing in no particular place. His new album is called Black Rainbow and it is a shimmering example of his exemplary songcraft and startling arrangements.

His first book, the memoir Get It While You Canwas a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award.

He has been published in McSweeney’s and Atlantic Monthly. He has composed music for feature films and documentaries.

The Modes of Writing is an 8-week online writing workshop led by Nick Jaina. It helps students take a nascent idea and build it into something substantial. Nick offers guidance, inspiration, and accountability. The next one starts August 11th. More information and registration here.


This is Nick's first book, a memoir. It is a warm, hopeful book about finding freedom and claiming it every day of your life, despite all the traps along the way.

Order the book directly from Nick and it helps support his work on the next one. It’s $15 + $1 shipping. Please include your mailing address and whether you’d like it signed.