August 29, 2014

Sorry to be late...

Sorry to be late posting, I am having a bit of an emergency.  Travel, focus, caring, fatigue, etc.  You've all had emergencies, so you know.

I did think to grab my little harp on the way.  I spend so much time teaching and writing and arranging and practicing and blahblahblah, that I sometimes forget that I really enjoy playing my harp.  It not only provides distraction and pleasure, it adds a soothing balm at the end of a hectic day. 

I'm not spending a lot of time with it but, like my good friends, it is there at the end of the day, waiting to provide it's own form of help.  It assuages my heart and quiets my thoughts.

Don't forget why you fell in love with your harp.  And don't wait for the universe to prompt you to remember.  Go play, and enjoy, and don't ever let the mundane everyday suck the joy from your relationship with your harp.

August 20, 2014

Just be silly

Sometimes you work so hard that you forget to have some fun. Well, not in my world!  I am delighted to have spent last weekend teaching with my good friend Kris Snyder at the 19th Annual Harp Camp.  We had a blast!  We had wonderful students, lovely tunes, and loads of fun.   

And sometimes we got silly… and that lead to some great tunes made together!  We played directed ensemble music, and our students generated amazing creative ensembles – each year they are more amazing than we could possibly imagine.  I think these photos sum it up:

August 13, 2014

It's Summer - time for Harp Camp!

I'm off to this year's Harp Camp and I'm so excited to be invited again to teach with Kris Snyder at this, the 19th annual!  I'm looking forward to seeing you there - we have a lot of good stuff planned for this year as we explore this year's theme - the Game of Music.

 What better way to spend a part of your summer - learning and sharing and having fun!  See you soon - I'm off for a good game!

August 6, 2014

Basking in the glow

Summer is a wonderful time.  Not only is the sun shining and the warmth of the days calls us to spend more time in that glorious light, but perhaps more importantly…it’s festival season!

I am basking in the afterglow of participating in the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in a summer full of enjoying the thrill of the middle of the summer Games and Competitions season, while getting ready for this year’s Harp Camp, and gearing up for the Harp the Highlands and Islands tour for this year*. 

Summer is just chock-a-block with great opportunities to learn, to play, to meet new friends, to see old friends, and to just enjoy our music!  I hope you have had to occasion to avail yourself of the discovery, the camaraderie, and the pure joy of making music. 
Summer is fleeting though and soon we’ll be in the bitter cold of winter when there are fewer opportunities to get together, time will be spent alone, practicing for Christmas gigs, and the shortened days seem to suck some of the joy from the day.  With the waning daylight we will miss the carefree days of playing through the summer. 

Find your opportunity to join with others, to make music and have fun!

*there's still time - if you want to get in on this year's Harp the Highlands and Islands tour, get more information here or send me an email.