Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Lyricist


People who know my work will recall that I am a writer and researcher, based in Yorkshire, England.  My current academic affiliation is with New York University – I am Visiting Scholar at the Glucksman Ireland House, NYU.

My work is visible in a number of places, on the web and in the research literature – as is my CV.

Not that visible in the standard CVs is my work, over the years, as a working lyricist. 

Most relevant here is this version of my CV on the British Music Collection web site…

A song lyric selection is visible, in book form, on Amazon, and in many other places…
Love Death and Whiskey - 40 songs, by Patrick O'Sullivan
Read the Introduction to that book, for some first thoughts at that time...


This is one of my song translations on Soundcloud - this is an English language version of the much loved Cabo Verde song, almost a second Cabo Verde national anthem, Papa Joachim Paris…

Blog entry about that here...

And this, on YouTube, is a lyric I wrote for a much loved melody, Jill's Theme by Ennio Morricone, from the Sergio Leone move, Once Upon a  Time in the West…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt29GzVKGRU

Blog entry here...

I have been able to give more time and thought to the song lyric part of my output, and to the lyricist part of me, over the past decade, since the publication of Love Death and Whiskey - and have gathered a little team of musicians and singers, just to make sure that I have resources to illustrate the material.  As we say in the industry, make a demo...

And I have gathered research material, to place my own practice within the research record - specifically, I am developing research projects on traditional verse forms, especially the use of rhyme.  And on song translation.

Patrick O'Sullivan
February 2019

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