(Jun. 29, 2017) — While deciding which songs I was going to record next several weeks ago, I suddenly “heard” this song differently from the way I had played it for more than 20 years after arranging and recording it for my CD in 1998.
Because I often performed it during dinner parties and receptions, there had always been a need to “fill in” some of the empty spaces to maintain a steady undercurrent of sound. But envisioning it in a video-recording gave me the opportunity to think of it differently, with space for a more intimate listening experience.
Rearranging for a different presentation has given me a new perspective on some old, familiar favorites which I thought would never change.
Based on an arrangement by Sylvia Woods from “52 Scottish Songs for All Harps,” this song is associated with funerals in Scotland. I have played it at many types of events where quiet, introspective music was needed.
My own arrangement of the song is based on a version I heard somewhere years ago, but I can’t remember exactly where!
On January 29, I released a post with an MP3 recording taken from a CD which contained all of the selections from a 1989 demo tape.
In 1988, I resumed playing the harp after an 11-year hiatus.
Having retired in December from a 28-year run as a freelancer, I wanted to see if at age 59 I could relearn, memorize and record some of the same pieces from that 1989 demo tape.
An added challenge is my neck injury, which prevents me from practicing hours and hours each day.
However, after approximately six weeks of practice, the piece, one of my favorites, is released again today using modern technology and with the gracious permission of Vanderbilt Music Company, which publishes it.
One of the wonderful things about this piece is that after four days of dreary and wet weather here, it makes me dream of sunny Spain.
The following piece, “El Viejo Castillo Moro” by Eduardo Chavarri, arr. by the famous harpist Marcel Grandjany, was recorded at the University of Connecticut in 1989 and placed onto a “demo tape” which I used for many years to respond to engagement inquiries.
In 2007, along with the three other pieces on the tape, it was converted to CD format.
Today, January 29, 2017, it has been converted to MP3 format for listeners here.