Fat and pregnant, but not yet

From her smoky Sunday nights with Soul Patrol at Red Square to her intimate solo shows at the 1/2 Lounge, Burlington singer-songwriter Myra Flynn never fails to draw a crowd. Still in the rush of her sophomore album release, “For the Record,” she recently concluded a mini-tour that saw Vermont, New York City and Boston. “This record is my sound — period,” Flynn said. A classically trained pianist and a songwriter of almost 15 years, Flynn has recently taken on a new project: teaching. On Monday, Sept. 19, Flynn walked into the FlynnSpace, in downtown Burlington, to teach a songwriting class — the same place where she coincidentally headlined a sold-out show last month. “[I want my students to gain] confidence and maybe some answers,” Flynn said. “It’s a tough world out there. I’d like to be able to teach some folks how to begin the songwriting process while teaching others how to put their already existing music out into the world.” It is often said that those who do not “make it” as musicians default to teaching, but this did not seem to be the case with Flynn as she addressed her first ever songwriting class. “Don’t be cathartic in songwriting,” a smiling Flynn told her circle of students. One could hear pens moving across paper in the background of the entire class as Flynn’s pupils hung onto her every word. “I’m a lyrically based artist who likes to keep the music heavy and the mood light,” Flynn said of her songwriting, quoting another Burlington musician, Zack duPont. In an hour and a half Flynn explained the formula of a song to a group ranging in age from roughly 10 to 65. Flynn created a low-pressure environment, an appropriate atmosphere and mentality for any level of songwriter to pursue a new writing project. “Music is subjective and we really need to try to go easy on ourselves,” Flynn said. “There is no such thing as a good song. There are simply realignments of our expectations within the music we love and the songs we write.” When asked if she was interested in pursuing music education, Flynn said “Yes. When I’m all done touring and sleeping on floors, I’d love to teach others how to tour and sleep on floors.” While Flynn could be headed in any number of directions including fame and fortune, or teaching and no fortune, she says that in five years from now, she hopes “to be fat and pregnant somewhere … dreaming up my next batch of songs alongside my next batch of cookies.” What more could a person ask for in life?