Frankie Cosmos is still writing in her teenage diary

A look into how Greta Kline, the voice of Frankie Cosmos, expresses herself through her poetry-based music Photo courtesy of Frankie Cosmos' website In an interview with the New York Times in 2018, Greta Kline, known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, said, “There's something music you listen to in high school. When you hear it, it takes you right back.” That sentiment stuck with me as I prepared my own questions for Kline, as her music had been such a huge part of my own high school soundtrack. I remember sitting on the bus in the ninth grade, staring out the window and hearing Kline sing, “Can you feel me in the air?” At that time, all I felt in the air was a sense of boredom that I couldn't find the words for at the time. Kline's music perfectly encapsulated my longing for something bigger than the suburban neighborhoods I passed on dreary bus rides. Kline has always had a passion, for music which started during her childhood when she took piano lessons. While many kids may find classical music boring, Kline described one of her earliest memories as “having [classical pieces] give me a strong feeling, almost like a that is wordless, and just having this emotional reaction to pieces of melodies and written music.” Today, Kline sees music not only as a story, but its own language. In a way, it's her native language. “[Music] is the language that I most often think and dream in, and just the way that my thoughts come out is often in the form of music,” she said. And that's how Kline has been making music for over a decade. She released her first song on Bandcamp in 2009 under the name “ingrid superstar,” trying on a few different pseudonyms in her career's early days. She landed on the name Frankie Cosmos when she decided to use it as a stage name for a performance with a friend, and it stuck. Today, many people think her real name is Frankie Cosmos and often greet her as Frankie, […]

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