Reviews/Bio

BOOK REVIEWS:
EVERYBODY BUT YOU

“A collection that’s spirited and endearing . . . which she tells with winning self-deprecation and a level of detail that conjures the dusty, sunny fragrance of her travels. Sexton punctuates the pieces in an all-caps-studded brand of wacky humor, mostly in the form of wry one-liners.”        — Kirkus Reviews

“Sexton is a truly original voice; almost everything she thinks and does in this superb collection is unexpected—from grilling a man who tells her she’s ‘Hot’ for more information, to calling a Suicide Hotline only to end up reassuring the inept operator that he’s good at his job. EVERYBODY BUT YOU is an entertaining insight into the talent of an atypical mind any reader would be privileged to have.”        — Maggie Rowe, producer, COMEDY CENTRAL STAGE, Sit ‘N Spin

“First-time author Thia Sexton has unerring aim. Right at the heart of humankind’s fumbling efforts to untangle ourselves. She illumines our quest for the Holy Grail, or at least in the promised land of Utopia—with prose that channels not a clown, but a humorist. Not Bert Lahr, but Mark Twain.”
— Rod Gorney, PhD, author of The Human Agenda, UCLA psychiatry professor, famously cured Paul Simon of writer’s block (Playboy Interview)

BIO

Thia Sexton has read her stories to sold-out crowds at COMEDY CENTRAL STAGE, and performed in national and international award-winning plays. She is the recipient of a Great American Song award for her song “Never Felt Ever”—and yes, she plays her cello like a guitar on it. Thia’s songs have been featured on the groundbreaking radio show KCRW. She hopes someday to be responsible enough to own a dog and cat. She’s heard petting an animal makes you feel much better!

MUSIC

“Smart, funny and inviting, fantastically laid out and arranged. It opens like a beautiful flower. I think you wrote a hit!”     — Daniel Lanois, Producer, Grammy Award Winner (U2, Bob Dylan, Neil Young)

“You have a fabulous gift.”     — Van Dyke Parks (Inara George, Frank Black, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys)

“Thia Sexton is a singer/songwriter with a difference. Rather than tickle a keyboard or strum a guitar, Sexton’s a cellist. And there’s another major difference—Sexton straps the cello on just like a guitar and fingerpicks chords just like she was playing an old Gibson Jumbo. Sexton’s relaxed vocals are strong and expressive, and the voice/ cello duets create a gripping feminine/masculine energy that underscores the sexual tension of the songs. The music is creative, the songwriting assured with arrangements that run the gamut from pure acoustic to spacey electronica. Appropriate for an album that explores love’s more treacherous footings and changing conditions is the cello—it’s tuning creates offbeat chord inversions that are to the ear unsteady and consistent with the subject matter at hand.”    — Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound

 

THIA’S STORY: Thia woke up one morning screaming, “No more dead people!” It wasn’t ghosts, it was composers who wrote stuff for the cello a couple hundred years ago. She loved those old guys and their music, but wanted to play something a bit fresher. “Besides, kings throwing chamber music parties has gone out of fashion.”

Growing up in NY, LA and SF, Thia studied classical cello, “but I always liked the poetry of lyrics, and what they do to the world of a song.” Arriving in LA in need of cash, she went to the Venice Boardwalk to play her cello under an umbrella. The first day she was asked to join 5 rock bands. Thia joined all of them. “I had some catching up to do.”

She began writing songs sitting up straight like a cellist, but soon discovered that slouching was essential to composition. “I pulled the cello on my lap and began fingerpicking like a guitar. Chords came out that I’d never heard before, and the sound was beautiful.” She put on a guitar strap and now plays her cello like a guitar quite often.