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a POST Card from John Flynn

SOME UPCOMING JF APPEARNCES:

AUGUST 10, COLUMBIA, MD
AUGUST 15-17, PHILA FOLK FESTIVAL (MAIN STAGE SET- FRIDAY NIGHT)
AUGUST 28, BELLEVUE STATE PARK, WILMINGTON, DE , FAMILY SHOW
AUGUST 29, DEL VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL (FAMILY SHOWS)



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At this summer’s benefit concert with my two wonderful guest speakers, Michael and John, who are both members of our New Beginnings–Next Step family.


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August 4, 2014

Hope you’re having a great summer! I’ve been (mostly) staying out of trouble!


I enjoyed immensely my opportunity to do some songwriting coaching sessions and workshops for the great folks on the staff of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY back in July. I’d avoided these kind of gigs in the past because ­–and this is true– I’ve never felt that I knew enough about songwriting to tell anyone else how to do it. Although I’ve written hundreds of songs, I always had the sense that each one was in some way a gift that I was permitted to stumble upon. (The stumbling process itself was, in the end, something onto which I realized I might be able to shine a little light)!


Another teacher at Omega, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, helped me settle in to this new role of teacher. Jimmie agreed with me that you really CAN’T teach someone to write a song. But he made me understand that you CAN help to create a safe space in which someone feels comfortable enough to explore his or her own creativity. Although my sessions got great reviews (and a lot of interest for next season), I probably gained more actual knowledge than I imparted during my week at Omega. I also came away with some wonderful new friends! I look forward to doing more of this sort of thing in the future!


I’d like to thank everyone who came out to my New Beginnings–Next Step benefit concert. Our NB-NS group is an extension of the one I volunteer running in the state prison here in Wilmington. We’ve expanded our activities in the hope of reducing recidivism by helping ex-offenders transition back into society upon release. Between donations and ticket sales at my show, we were able to raise close to $4000 for our Assistance Fund, which provides everything from new tube socks and boxer shorts, to food vouchers and bus passes for guys returning to the world. (In dire situations we also provide emergency options for short-term shelter, and other special-needs items.) It was an unforgettable evening of spirit! I promise that you’re support was greatly appreciated and will be put to very good use!


Peace,

John

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