Wow. December was busy and amazing. It was challenging and it made me happy to be performing so much again. That said, I’m sure glad its done so that I can take a deep breath and enjoy the change in the air.
I spend a lot of last month playing solo corporate holiday gigs, but I also had a few surprise funerals. I actually like playing harp for funerals, even though they are such somber occasions. I consider it an honor to play music at any rite of passage in life.
The Edgewater Hotel has a beautiful atmosphere. The elevators have a beautiful time lapse video of my favorite city on the water with the ferries coming in. It was a surreal morning there though; I played at 7AM for a corporate breakfast. That’s right - AM. I’m pretty sure that some of my friends would have turned a gig like that down, but as mom to a little person, the early time was just fine to me. It was my earliest gig ever! I certainly couldn’t have imagined doing a job like that five years ago when I was playing a lot of late night shows in clubs. Finding some happy medium on those two would be nice.
Speaking of which, I had a great restaurant gig at the Row House cafe, playing harp for the South Lake Union Art walk. I played a solo set of my own songs and another of Christmas tunes. It was wonderful to see some good friends show up, including Queen Shmooquon and my colleague Joyce Rice who is an amazing harp historian and advocate of the harp through the website Harp Spectrum.
I’ve got some performances for 2012 already cooking up on the stove, one of which is at the River Rock and Maple Wood Golf Course in Renton, where I’ll be playing a three hour solo set for Valentines Day.
That same week, I’ll be playing in a chamber group at one of my favorite Wallingford neighborhood venues, the Chapel at the Good Sheppard Center on February 18th, with Taina Karr’s string ensemble, Quatrain. We’ll be playing new compositions by Jherek Bischoff as well as Mark Jurcisin.
The third public gig I’ve got booked so far in the New Year takes me up to beautiful Arlington, WA at the FogDog Gallery. I’m so excited about this one! I’ll be performing a solo set of music and poetry. If you’ve never heard of such a combination, that’s probably because there aren’t too many harpist poets around! Thus, I will make your attendance worthwhile.
I wish all who’ve taken the time to read my rambles here a prosperous 2012. Its going to be a fast paced new year filled with a lot of challenges and growth for the world. My calendar will surely fill up, so if you want to catch some live harp music in the Seattle area, check back to my website.