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Music & Me: Dave Lordan

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Derek Flynn

What are your earliest musical memories? 

Drunk balladeers on Bog Road. The Wolfe Tones on the Jukebox in Mick JC’s. My faader on the sofa murdering murdering the lyric sheets in the Ireland’s Own as if the songs themselves were guilty of the imperialist crimes & misery they sang about.

Who or what were your musical influences growing up and why?

The pub-singers of Bernies Bar. Because I was there. The Sex Pistols & The Cure, because chance & destiny combined to save my life & gift.

Does music influence your writing?  

Song & story structure influence my writing. But for me poetry especially is music, or implies music, so I would say my writing is not just influenced by music but is music. Some of my work has been set to music, songified, used as a choral piece, etc & I expect that many of my published poems will be taken up by musicians of various kinds as time goes by.

Do you listen to music while writing, editing, etc.? 

To the music in my imagination, yes. After all that is what I am writing down. I wouldn’t hear it properly if I had the oul Spotify on in the background.

Is there one particular novel or piece of writing you wrote that was directly influenced by a piece of music? 

Well again I think poetry is music, oral music for public performance, which influences itself, so to speak. But maybe try “At Shane McGowan’s Funeral” in my First Book of Frags, influenced by The Pogues & Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. And multi-storey indoor car parks.

What music are you listening to at the moment? 

Christy Moore, The Cure, Hildegard Von Bingen. I’d be happy enough if that was all I ever listened to be honest. As I get older & busier as a worker & family person, my personal time is naturally less than when I was a young man. So I tend to fill it with art I really love & which never fails to inspire & uplift me & fill me with belief in Truth, Goodness, & Beauty, without lying to me, & my holy trinity above can be relied upon for all that.

Musically, what’s your guilty pleasure (or is there such a thing)?

Ah, the occasional blast of The Wolfe Tones, especially during Poppy Week.


Dave Lordan is the author of six books of poetry, essay, & short fiction. A renowned performer & educator, you can find examples of his work in multiple genres free online at www.davelordan.com. Subscribe to his YOUTUBE channel at www.youtube.com/davelordan if you are a writer or educator & would like access to tonnes of free creative writing resources.


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