Sarah pulled the cover off her harp last night and started playing scales. She has been so busy with school this semester that this is the first time she has sat down to play.
Everything sounds good on the harp (when it is in tune). Even scales.
When she started playing her scales, I wanted to lay down on the couch and close my eyes and just listen.
(But we were walking out the door to Lane’s work party. Sigh.)
So I videoed her playing the scales.
And then Sunday I walked in the door from church, and Sarah was playing her other warm up exercise that is so cool, where one hand plays one rhythm and the other hand is playing contrarywise. It was my favorite exercise that she always played at the start of her harp lessons when we had lessons up in Salt Lake. I always felt like she was a genius simply for being able to do that. We’re talking much harder than patting your head and rubbing your tummy! I’m pretty sure I could not do that exercise no matter how slowly I did it. I’d have to be a child again to learn how.
So I videoed that.
Angels touching their harps of birch or mahogany or gold. Any kind of harp, it’s just wonderfully lovely.
P.S. Looking for a some soothing music to give to a friend for Christmas? Try “Breathe: The Relaxing Harp” by Yolanda Kondonassis. I have given that album to many people because I love it so well. Harp therapy is a proven physical therapy used in hospitals. I talked to one woman in a local hospital who feels that harp therapy helped save her life when she was recovering from a major heart problem. Need to relax? Listen to harp!
Here is what one woman wrote about the benefits of harp therapy: “Studies show that harp therapy can equalize and slow down brain waves; affect respiration, heartbeat, and pulse; reduce muscle tension; and improve body movement. Premature babies who have received harp therapy are able to drink more of their mother’s milk and gain weight more rapidly, resulting in earlier departure times from the hospital. Harp therapy increases endorphin levels, regulates stress-related hormones, boosts the immune system, and stimulates digestion and the overall feeling of well-being. Therapeutic musicians help to create a relaxed, healing environment through live music, which studies find to be even more effective than recorded music.” –Marcie Swift, Psychologist & Certified Music Practitioner