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Volume 68, Issue 4, Thursday, August 29, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

UH student delights in 'East Coast Songs'

By Brandon Moeller
The Daily Cougar

It's hard being a talented folk-pop artist and a full-time law student. Just ask Annie Lin.

Lin, 22, is a first-year student at the UH Law Center, working toward a law degree specializing in entertainment law. But Lin said that may
change as she progresses through her coursework.

Although class just started, she's been overloaded with promoting her latest album and hitting the books.

"I've had three days of law school with classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and I've been busy with non-stop reading assignments," Lin said. "I'll only
be touring during semester breaks and I'll try to play locally once or twice a month."

During the school year, Lin's main focus will be to get her name out there and play a few good shows.

Lin's songs on her latest album, East Coast Songs, her first to be recorded in a studio, are well-crafted melodies that reflect feelings of angst,
love and remorse.

Lin is a first generation Taiwanese-American who helped to create the Asian American Songwriters Showcase Tour, a traveling group she
participated with during the summer. Her songs are not political, and she described the difficulties of meeting expectations.

"There's three things you can do as an Asian-American musician," Lin said. "You can subvert it, by working to change the stereotypes; you can
ignore it and carve the path you want to carve out; or you can capitalize on it. There's just not that many of us out there, and it's difficult when
you're placed with the burden of creating an image or conforming to prior expectations."

Innovating her own unique style is what separates Lin from her colleagues. Lin graduated from Rice University with a degree in English. She
began playing guitar three years ago, and soon after she won an open-mic contest at Rice. During her senior year, she started touring.

Though she has only recently picked up the guitar, she did play piano for ten years, which probably leant to her precise ear. Her guitar work on
the short little diddy "An Honest Face" is remarkably impressive, and the song's sarcastic lyrics and third-person style balances the emotion of
the album.

The best song on the album is "Cut Out the Skyline," a song that exhibits Lin's emotions about Sept. 11. With the passionate chorus, Lin may
have a radio hit.

Most of Lin's subject matter is romance and the painful departure from it. Lin concludes her album with "Where I Begin," a song that reminisces
on her childhood growing up playing by herself. It's a passionate exploration into her roots.

She will be performing tomorrow night at the Longhorn Cafe, 509 Louisiana, from 6 to 9 p.m. It will still be a good show if her album is any

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