I know, I know — I haven’t posted very regularly. I’m sorry!
But! I have been out busking several times since my inaugural session.
So far, my absolute favourite part of busking is when little kids get really excited to see a harp. If they look even remotely responsible, I’ll let them come up and touch the strings — “very gently, just like a baby. Eek! I said like a baby, not a bowling ball!!!” I plea in vain — my secret hope is that they will go on to become little folk harpists in their own right.
(I don’t tell their parents how much a new harp costs.)
I can’t even count the number of cool things and people I’ve met over the past two weeks, but here are some highlights. Apologies if I forgot to include you!
- A young woman asked if I gave lessons, since she got a harp last summer but couldn’t find a teacher. (I don’t give lessons [future blog topic!], but I offered to sit down with her for free one afternoon and show her the very little I’ve learned.)
- A kind “experimental film maker” (his words!) wants to use me as an actress? extra? random musician? to sit and play mournfully on the harp while he films a hillside near Fort Henry.
- Several people asked me “What will you do in Ireland?” so I told them about the amazing Irish Harp Centre in Limerick
- Another gentleman mentioned he had just sold his company for 4.9 million dollars, and he would gladly send me to Ireland with the money … I am too nervous to take him up on the offer.
- A younger guy asked if I’d work with him as an ‘improvising accompanist’ (!!!) for his shadow puppet play at Story-telling Time at the public library. I can’t think of anything cooler than that entire concept.
- An older guy rocked out for five whole minutes belting a Metallica song at the top of his lungs, wanting me to play along with him. A friendly woman had to tell him “Shh, I’m trying to listen to the harpist!” I don’t know any Metallica songs (yet), but maybe by the end of the summer I’ll have something down.
I’m still taking lessons, which have been great, although I’ve gotten so many random requests from folks while busking that I think I need to expand my repertoire a bit on my own time! (The most awesome thing I am working on is the Great Fairy Fountain theme song from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time … it is basically impossible for me right now — so many lever changes!! Maybe someday.)
Unfortunately, the big harp has broken another string (yet again…), so my practice time at home is limited.
A friend of mine wants to start a harp and vocals busking trio, too, so we’ll see where that goes!
Finally, I’m still trying to figure out good timing. So far it seems like the best busking sessions happen in the evening, so I am spending this afternoon at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival — back to my corner tonight, though!
Until next time 🙂