September 19, 2014
The photo above was taken during a house concert in
Wilmington this past summer. My show had been
“auctioned off” to help raise money for Pacem in
Terris of Delaware. I love the picture because it
really captures what it is I get to do. It also
shows the kind of intimate, warm and joyous venue I
regularly get to play as I travel across this
My promotional instincts don’t always opt for such
The photos folks like me regularly share with you
are often a little more conventionally impressive….
Shots of grip and grins with famous folks, selfies
in front of striking backdrops, or concert shots on
grander stages in front of large audiences. I’ve
sure sent you my share over the years!
And have counted my blessings for the exciting
opportunities and memories)! But these pictures –
though treasured and valid– mostly captured
wonderful exceptions in the topography of the
landscape an old road-singer like me traverses as he
shares his songs in the world.
A recent review of my new CD, Poor Man’s Diamonds,
got me thinking about all this…
Here are a few kind words from Country Standard
“Like Kris Kristofferson - a friend, collaborator
and obvious mentor - as well as John Prine, Ramblin'
Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton and others of
that ilk, Flynn expresses himself as something akin
to an old school troubadour, one who's rugged,
relentless and unafraid to offer certain truths
gleaned from that worldly wisdom….
The review then goes on to point out…
“Regrettably, Flynn is the sort of artist that
often waits a lifetime to find a wider world of
acceptance, even though that's clearly his due.
He'll likely pick up one fan at a time despite
touring and recording relentlessly in hopes of
attracting greater notice. It's fortunate that he
remains undeterred because when it comes to
qualities like honesty and integrity, it would be a
far sadder world that might find them in short
One fan at a time. One friend at a time. Actually
that sounds OK to me. That’s what’s happening in the
picture above. Not so regrettable at all! (That is
after all probably how I got your email address!;)
But about that whole waiting a lifetime thing
I wonder if we could speed up the process just a
There was this shampoo commercial when I was a kid
where a lady with a head full of lather told two
friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and
so on… (It was my first introduction to the concept
of geometric growth).
I guess what I’m getting at is this. I was wondering
if you’d be willing to help spread the word about my
music. Please tell some friends. Share a lyric, an
mp3, or youtube link with someone who’s never heard
of me! Maybe even drag a neighbor out to a show!
More than any folksinger I know, I’ve appeared in
front of the most diverse kinds of audiences.
Military bases, folk festivals, hospitals, church
services, colleges, pre-schools, bars, prisons,
summer camps, state parks … And to me there was
never really that much difference in any of these
audiences. They were all just people I would get a
chance to sing for and share my music with. All
colors. All ages…
And I made new friends every time! If you’d be
willing to do to introduce me to a couple of yours,
I’d be grateful!
I’m doing a couple local shows before I head for
California in October.
Sunday, September 21, (THIS WEEKEND!)
I’ve just been added to the Open Space Music Fest ,
at Bellevue State Park here in Wilmington, DE.
This show is being staged to raise awareness and to
help fund the effort to stop developers from
destroying the wildlife refuge that straddles the
border Delaware and Pennsylvania. If you’ve ever run
or hiked the beautiful trails and hills of the
Beaver Valley, as I have, then you know the meadows
and woods along the Brandywine River are an
irreplaceable treasure! Come out hear some amazing
bands and songwriters (including our friend Johnny
Gallagher from Aaron Sorkin’s hit HBO show The
Newsroom, and my daughter Sarah)!
Also, I’ll be doing another one of those wonderful
house concerts out near Lancaster in Lititz,
PA on September 27th. There’s info on the
schedule page of my web site:
See you in someone’s living room! J