Grinder of The Week: Kiirstin Marilyn
I have to say that International Women's Month has been nothing short of inspirational. Every waking moment I have strolling and stalking online, daily memes of this truly epic month have been reminding me of how truly powerful it is to have a vagina.
A fellow grinder and music Artist, Kiirstin Marilyn, gives us ultimate girl power in her newly released single, "She", where she gives women's empowerment a whole new meaning. Being an ambitious woman on her grind has always been challenging journey for as long as any woman can remember but with 2017 being the year of total femme queendom, Kiirstin Marilyn reflects on the historical and societal implications of what it is to be a woman and reclaiming back that power.
After the recent release of her EP Ghosts with Spectra Music Group, Kiirstin Marilyn is embarking on a new independent musical journey. Continuing the lyrical trend of Ghosts, Kiirstin’s latest single, "She", co-written and co-produced by Justin Ardolino, with additional instrumentation by Benny Reiner, expresses her vulnerability as an artist as well as a citizen of the world. While Ghosts began to expose Kiirstin’s true social and political beliefs, "She" not only considers the tenor of our current times, but also reflects on the history of nations as well as the personal history of generations of women.
"She" began as a story of Kiirstin’s grandmother, Linda Liholm, who fled Soviet oppression and the occupation of Estonia in 1945, after Germany lost World War II. Boarding trains and boats that were beyond capacity, Linda, with her 6-month-old child, Ulo Kuhi, narrowly escaped a future in a Siberian concentration camp or death. Through the process of writing this song, Kiirstin discovered a profound empathy for her grandmother and a deep connection to her that she had never felt before. She explains, “I always knew my grandmother came here as a refugee of World War II, but her story was always more of an abstract idea without any real history or understanding behind it.” Kiirstin further explains, ”My grandmother and I did not speak the same language. I was a very American kid, and growing up I just couldn’t connect with my immigrant grandmother. I wished she was ‘normal.’ I wished she spoke English. I wished she was everything other than who she was, and only as I’ve gotten older and educated myself beyond the American education system, have I realized how short-sighted that mentality was. My grandmother endured so much hardship and heartache to allow for me to have what has been a fairly easy life here in the United States. I’ve never known war. I’ve never known hunger. I’ve never known true fear.” "She" then morphed from a song just about Linda to a song for all women empowered by the generations before them who fought for equal rights. In our current political climate, just after electing a misogynistic “leader” to the highest office in the land, Kiirstin felt she needed to raise her voice for women and to use her music to encourage others to demand their voices also be heard.