Steve Trinward has been a writer/communicator all his life. After a good Christian raisin'
(and a strong college-prep education) in the White Mountains of Western Maine, he migrated
to college in Boston, MA, where he learned to challenge authority ... and question just
about everything (except perhaps why it took him 25 years to leave there?). He moved to
Nashville in 1993, seeking fresh turf, a warmer climate and "the right place to be a
writer"; he now sees Music City as "the true home I was always looking
Steve's past careers include: newspaper reporter, editor and columnist; political activist
and candidate; technical writer, proofreader and word processor; computer network manager,
technical support rep, consultant and systems troubleshooter. Since he came to Nashville,
he's worked at a variety of office jobs, even did some data-cable installing, before
breaking an arm in a ladder-fall in August '95. (Despite this setback, he resumed
guitar-lessons -- focusing on improving and expanding his melodic, harmonic and rhythmic
vocabulary.) For three years, he performed various administrative and accounting functions
for a local fiberoptic systems integration firm, before leaving in the spring of '99 to
start his own business, trinWORDS (but if you've somehow gotten here, you know that part
Steve has been writing songs since 1970, including regular co-writing, both during the 80s
and now. Musical influences include Bob Dylan; Joni Mitchell; the Beatles, Eagles and
Beach Boys; Bruce Springsteen; Patty Larkin and David Wilcox (along with numerous
writer-friends of thus-far-lesser reputations). Favorite non-music writers: Harlan
Ellison, Jean Auel, Richard Adams, Hunter Thompson, W. P. Kinsella, J. R. R. Tolkien,
Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson. Other interests: Vandy women's basketball, the Red
Sox and Braves, Libertarian Party politics, Science of Mind Church and egg-shaking/
harmonizing at the Mike Williams Six-Chair Pickin' Parties.
Eight years ago, Steve visited Nashville for the first time, and became convinced that the
current roster of Burr, Chapman, DiPiero, Henry, Kaset, Peters, Prestwood, Reid, Sanders,
Schlitz, Seskin, Taylor-Good, et al. had somehow inhabited the souls of Porter, Gershwin,
Hammerstein, Hart, Rodgers, Kern & Co. Almost overnight, he became a staunch defender
and devotee of country music, declaring it "about the only place where they still
write songs for intelligent humans." Despite the continuing "pop-ification"
of that realm, very little has happened since to change that opinion.
Steve's musical accomplishments include acceptance to and completion of the 1996 ASCAP
Country Songwriting Workshop, several dozen co-writes with multiple partners, continued
guitar-skills improvement, and a catalog of over 100 pitchable songs. He is co-organizer,
booker, promoter and sometimes performer for the "Kathy's Night Off" writers'
nights. Other activities include membership on the Steering Committee of the Tennessee
International Jazz Festival and its charity, the Scattin' in the Schools music education
program. He also assists with Sunday School classes and a Babe Ruth baseball team.
Other Song(s) Written with Jeff Stewart: The One That Got Away,
Barkin' With The Big Dogs, In the Movies, et al.