Song: The Wrote & the Writ
Artist: Johnny Flynn
Album: A Larum (2008)
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Johnny Flynn is a British actor and singer-songwriter. In addition to being an incredible musician, he starred as Dylan Witter in the Channel 4 and Netflix television sitcom Lovesick, and portrayed David Bowie in the film Stardust.
Born in Johannesburg, he moved with his family to the UK at the age of 2. Flynn won a music scholarship to Pilgrims School, where he sang in the chapel choir and learned the violin and trumpet. Later, he taught himself guitar and won a second music scholarship to Bedales School.
A Larum is the debut folk-rock album where Flynn is backed by his band, the Sussex Wit. The title of the album is the Middle English word for “alarm,” used in Shakespeare’s stage directions to signify a disturbance occurring offstage, and Flynn “quite liked the idea that the noise happening offstage was this album”.
The song wavers between secularity (wrote) and religiosity (writ), detailing in part the singer’s disillusionment with the religions based on Christ.