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A blog by Derek Flynn

Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03

You can follow Derek online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

The Best Music Books of 2011

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 December 2011.

This week I take a look at some of the best music books released in 2011 In the tradition of the “Best-of-the Year” polls that we always see this time of year, I’ve decided to take a look at the “Best Music Books of 2011”. Having done an exhaustive and highly unscientific search of some of the year’s top “Best-of” lists (Spin magazine,Entertainment Weekly, the Guardian, and others), I’ve compiled seven books that seem to be getting...

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What tricks can writers learn from songwriters?

Posted by Derek Flynn on 21 December 2011.

What can the great songwriter’s lyrics teach us about writing? A lot of writers are lovers of music; many listen to music while they write. But how many are actually influenced by songs. And when I say influenced, I mean – not only take their inspiration from – but actually look at songwriting as a way to improve their own writing. As writers, we are always told to look at the great writers for tips...

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Writers Crazy Working Habits

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 December 2011.

“When writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out ‘Is he as crazy as I am?’” – Joyce Carol Oates I love that quote because it’s so true – it is what we want to know. It’s the answer to the one question that – if we were given the opportunity – we’d ask. We wouldn’t...

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The Day We Sang the #twitterxmassingle

Posted by Derek Flynn on 7 December 2011.

How one tweet became a Xmas phenomenon There has been a lot of tweeting of the #hashtag #twitterxmassingle on Twitter over the past few days and I’ve had a lot of people asking me about it and what it is. On Nov 19, Brenda Drumm sent out a tweet saying “Wouldn’t it be great if we could record a Twitter Xmas single for charity?” Siobhán – the woman who would become her second-in-command – chimed...

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And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda

Posted by Derek Flynn on 29 November 2011.

A tale of how, with music, the smallest thing can move people in the strangest ways It’s a hot, summer night, as the song goes, and I’m playing a bar in Bay Ridge, NewYork, called – improbably – The Jolly Sparrow. It’s what we in Ireland would call an ‘old man’s bar’, but it’s just been taken over by a couple of young guys trying to make it into a live music venue. I like...

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Guest V-Fiction: The Deal Master

Posted by Derek Flynn on 23 November 2011.

A special piece of V-Fiction from one of the readers of this blog. In the past few weeks I’ve been talking a lot about V-Fiction – the amalgamation of words, music and video. Last week, I opened it up to the public. I invited submissions from authors of short snippets of their work that I would make a video for and score. I got a number of submissions but could only pick one piece. (Otherwise,...

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It’s Your V-Fiction!

Posted by Derek Flynn on 17 November 2011.

This week, I want to showcase your writing in a piece of V-Fiction. In recent weeks on the Songbook blog, I’ve been discussing V-Fiction. V-Fiction is the merging of writing, music and video. If you missed the previous pieces I posted, you can see them here and here. The idea with V-Fiction is – not only is it a novel new way of approaching these three disciplines – but it’s also a great way of hooking your potential...

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“Any Dream Will Do” Book Launch

Posted by Derek Flynn on 9 November 2011.

Twitter and non-Twitter folk crammed into Dubray Books on Tuesday night to see Keith Barry launch Maria Duffy’s new book, Any Dream Will Do. It was a wet and dreary night in Dublin on Tuesday night – not the kind of night that would encourage people to come to a book launch in Grafton Street. But come they did – in their droves – for the launch of Maria Duffy’s debut novel, Any Dream Will Do. The...

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What Would Henry Miller Do?

Posted by Derek Flynn on 3 November 2011.

This week, I’m trying another marriage of words, music and images. What I call: V-Fiction. This week, I’m trying another marriage of words, music and images. What I call: V-Fiction. In this piece, I use a bunch of random images to help tell the story. This piece is called “What Would Henry Miller Do?”


Posted by Derek Flynn on 26 October 2011.

An experiment in something new, I call “V-Fiction”. For the past couple of weeks on this blog, I’ve been talking about how musicians and writers have combined music and writing. There’s one other element to this that I haven’t mentioned yet and that’s video. With the advent of new technology, an exciting new development is the merging of – not only words and music – but also imagery. I mentioned in a previous post about...

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