Photos by Brooke Vickerman
Local artist Squirrel Flower’s great grandfather wrote children’s novels. Now she follows in his artistic footsteps by singing rock songs. Membership Assistant Zac Poulin sat down with her in the newly refurbished Studio 889 and talked about her new album Tomorrow’s Fire, which came out on October 13th.
SO YOU GREW UP IN ARLINGTON AND YOU ARE PERFORMING AT BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL TONIGHT. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE IN YOUR OLD STOMPING GROUNDS PERFORMING?
Squirrel Flower: It feels really cool. It's always so fun to be back here and play at the venues that I grew up going to and seeing my favorite bands at.
AND YOU SAID YOUR FAMILY’S GOING TO BE THERE TONIGHT?
SF: Yes, they're all going.
YOUR GREAT GRANDPA ALSO WROTE A BOOK CALLED TOMORROW’S FIRE. COULD YOU TELL ME ABOUT HOW SOME OF THE THEMES FROM THAT BOOK RELATE TO THIS ALBUM?
SF: I read that book about a little over a year ago and the book is about a traveling musician and poet in the middle ages and it is sort of his story about following music, letting music guide him through life and all of the struggles and the joys of that. And as a touring professional musician I really identified with that and it really moved me. Just the idea of being an artist and putting art first. You have to rely a lot on hope and on creative spark. I wanted to name the album Tomorrow’s Fire to sort of honor that.
Squirrel Flower's new album, Tomorrow's Fire, is out now!