This is my first normal 5 day week at work for quite a while. In some ways, it’s been good to get back to earth and try and re-establish a bit of a routine. My dogs have been in and out of the kennels, I’ve had a parking ticket and managed to go over my overdraft limit – both unlike me and entirely accidental. But it’s definitely been a sign to just watch things a bit.
I’ve done some really good intense practice the last few days, and tonight was the best for a long time. I’m working on some duets for my harp buddy’s birthday party in a couple of weeks, and working on some bits for my next recital which is in June. The audition has been a really good experience in so many ways, but mainly it has proved that when I really put my mind to it, I can achieve a lot in a short space of time. I can’t keep that pace up indefinitely, but I have taken a lot from it and will be able to use this for a spot of re-balancing. (again!)
I’m working on I Feel Good, a piece written by Monika Stadler. I was incredibly lucky to work with her in Italy last year, I found her very inspirational and supportive both at and away from the harp. I Feel Good is probably my favourite of the pieces she has published, it starts so simply and then gets rather more complicated all the way through. It’s pretty infectious and when she plays it, I can’t help tapping my feet or clicking my fingers or something along with it.
Lastly, here are some photos from last weekend – it feels like so long ago already, I can’t believe it was just a week ago. Our rather talented friend Natasha took them for us.
I did a gig on the Friday with John and Frankie, a real mixed bag where we did a mixture of jazz standards and blues songs, plus I did a couple of harp solos. I was begged to play Stairway to Heaven which went down rather to well – I’m hoping to get some video footage of this.