My dad stopped by the studio to take some videos and photos of me, since I always forget. I made it through four more pieces that morning. The pattern appears to be that take three is always the best. Except when take six is the best. Deciding whether to keep recording or stop and assess is always the hardest part for me. And if you do too many takes you start losing track of what you liked and didn’t like about each one.
It’s really happening!
I dropped by the library on the way home because books are important, and then the grocery store, because food is also important. The perfect weather tempted me to go sit outside, but another part of me really ached to practice. I was feeling more excited about this music than I had been in awhile. Actually doing a thing is so much more fun than agonizing about it ahead of time. The arrangements were (except for a few last-minute tweaks) done. I always find the physical challenge of polishing and performing them easier than trying to settle on what to play and how to play it.
The next challenge in the next two months before the release concert will be memorizing! (But don’t hold me to that…)
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.