I've known for years my beautiful Rydecki harp was nearing it's end. The crack in the neck had been getting worse and worse and finally, this August, made it unplayable. I won't lie, it's pretty rough loosing that harp- nothing sounds like it did.
This Serrana is my new love- I think it helps that's it's really different than the Rydecki. Extra light string tension makes playing jigs and reels fun. Narrower string spacing hasn't been much of an issue, except I have to watch my hands for now, until I get more used to it. The Serrana really comes alive when I plug it in.
Some of my pieces work better on the Serrana than others. I tend to compose to the harps' voice. It's exciting hearing this new voice, and I'm really excited to compose new pieces for it. Lots of texture and rhythm in this harp.
I think the bright upper range of the Serrana is perfect for Howard Blake's masterpiece, Walking In the Air. Let me know what you think. By the way, this arrangement is available from Harps Nouveau, Kolancy Musicin Denver. And I recorded it a few years back on 'Icy December' (on my pedal harp, which also has a lovely voice...)
We loved playing our new composition 'Birder' and 'The Parting Glass' with the Cherry Creek Chorale. Under the direction of Brian Leatherman, Jessie Burns, fiddle and the Michael Collins Pipe Band joined us. What awesome concerts! Thanks all.
Just submitted to Tiny Desk contest. After taking a look at some of last year's 7,000+ entries, competition is steep. But, I've been stewing on this response to the absurdly chipper folk song, 'Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley' since I heard it as a teen 45 years ago. Wow, feels great to get it off my chest, and out into the world.
PS Entries accepted until Feb 2- If you enter, lmk and I'll take you out for ice cream. That's how I got my own self to follow thru.