Hannah Flowers joined us on the fourth day. She brought with her the most amazing almond-flavored scones. I told myself they would be my reward for finishing recording “Ae Fond Kiss.” The timing on that piece is so sensitive and there are so many variations possible; I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get what I wanted in the studio. But I was quite happy with the result, after only a few bumps along the road, and more endless tuning.
Reality versus Recording
It is always interesting to see what comes through on the other end of the recording process. You think that you totally flubbed that one ornament, but it doesn’t sound bad at all when you sit and listen to the recording. Or you know you missed three notes in that one measure, but it just comes off as a nice variation when you’re not looking at the music. What grace! We need all the grace we can get in this life.
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.