In the evenings between the recording sessions, I listened to the mixes we had created in the studio. Was the timing right? Were the dynamics everything they could be? Did it have the energy or the emotion that I wanted?
While in the studio, everything is flexible, but once the discs are printed, there’s no going back. With that in mind, I decided to rerecord several pieces. So on day five, instead of a set of two tunes that would normally have been on the schedule, plus some minor edits, I was suddenly recording five tunes total. But we did it!
And I packed up my harp with a feeling of unreality; was I done already? Of course there was still more listening and promoting and paperwork to do, but the real music-making was finished. And I almost felt sad. I hugged Steve goodbye and decided I should record another CD soon. I already have so many ideas.
Once home I suddenly felt exhausted beyond anything I had felt in weeks. I taught a few lessons that afternoon and enjoyed them as always, but was not loath to pull out a novel at the end of the day and spend the evening reading on the couch. The next day was my day off – and was likewise spent reading.
Twin-Cities harpist Stephanie Claussen invites audiences to explore new locales and eras through her music. Influenced by her love of fairy tales, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the world music section at her local library, she performs a unique mixture of Scottish tunes, J.S. Bach, and anything rich in medieval or French harmonies. Sign up for her e-mail newsletter to receive important announcements and notifications of upcoming performances.