For singer-songwriter Darlyne Cain, mobility -- as in "bouncing around the planet" -- fosters many of her musical creations.
Since graduation from a South Carolina college in 1989, she's lived and performed on three continents. But she never stays in one place for more than two years at a time.
Fittingly, her inaugural CD -- she managed to release the compilation of her original compositions during a two-year stint in Nashville -- is called "Leavin' Here."
The album cover pictures the lithe, blond-haired vagabond on the loading dock of a train station, duffel bag and guitar standing at her bare feet.
"Every song on the CD has to do with moving around or leaving people behind," she said in an interview this week. "I wouldn't recommend a musician's life but it's something I have to do."
For now, Cain is bivouacked in a $1,000-a-month condominium apartment on Hawaii's island of Oahu, attracted by the ocean view and a chance to perform regularly in the tourist-heavy nightlife.
Cain will depart Friday, however, on a flight to Minnesota where she will join folk singer Dennis Warner's summer tour of the Upper Midwest. Cain said she met the St. Cloud-based singer-songwriter during a 1998 recording session in Nashville.
She will provide the tour with an opening act as well as harmony on some of Warner's tunes, Cain said.
They will hook up this weekend for rehearsals at Warner's Brainerd area lake cabin. As long as she was coming into the area, Cain said, she booked a couple of solo performances at local coffeehouses.
She will perform 9:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Eclectic Cafe and 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 4 at Coco Moon, both in downtown Brainerd.
Cain said her music is difficult to categorize, calling it a "crossover hybrid" influenced by folk, blues and jazz music.
Her Web site says Cain offers "stirring lyrics and heartfelt delivery ... that can have you crying in your beer on one song and tapping your toes and bouncing in your seat the next."
One thing is certain: Her music draws on her experiences as a touring minstrel in Europe, Japan and North America. She earned a music degree from Winthrop College in South Carolina and has bounced around the world ever since, she said.
In addition to "Leavin' Here," she has issued a self-titled CD and is working on a third. Each is a compilation of her original songs in a variety of musical styles.
"Her lyrics are extremely soulful, introspective and powerful," wrote one reviewer. "The sound is a cross between Carole King and Dar Williams with the uniqueness that is Darlyne Cain."
Cain also appears on the "Women With Guitars" CD, featuring performances by several female artists living in Hawaii.
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