Maria Semple, ex-tv writer (90210, Arrested Development) whose sparkling and sage debut, This One is Mine, I'm currently publicizing –– (Venus says, "As a novel perfectly staged in the glitzy Hollywood Hills...This One is Mine, which the author reveals came from a deeply passionate poem by Hafiz, tackles the extreme feelings many face when confusing love with possession.") –– interviews her pal China Forbes of Pink Martini, for top music and culture blog, Largehearted Boy. Did you know China's cousin is in Grizzly Bear? Says Maria,
"Have you ever seen Pink Martini perform Bolero? You should. It's truly awesome. And there was Maya's little sister, China, gorgeous and the total diva I imagined her to be, doing nothing but standing in the middle of it all, playing the tambourine. As Bolero built, built, built, then reached its chaotic, smashing conclusion, our breaths were taken away....
...So imagine my shock and delight the next time I saw Pink Martini, this time at the Wiltern. China Forbes wasn't just a tambourine player, but a singer, too. Not just a singer, but a chanteuse of epic proportions! She has a fabulous voice, sweet and careful at first. But don't let that fool you. It's a voice capable of anything..."
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And if you'd like to check out This One is Mine, just tell me your favorite Pink Martini song in the comments below.