Hello. It’s been a while since we chatted. I imagine you have a few questions…
Q: What have you been up to lately? What are you harping on?
Last year was a big year for me. I spent a lot of time working on boring, difficult but technically necessary projects, including adding a store to my website for the first time, and experimenting more with social media.
All of that work meant that I had to put creating new music on the back burner for longer than I wanted to. And performing less than I wanted, as well. But I want you to have a wonderful experience with my music, all my marketing was way overdue for an upgrade.
Q: How’s Hawaii treating you?
The transition back to Hawaii has been just about as good as it could be. I have a really cute upstairs studio in downtown Hilo where I teach in the afternoons. I’ve been performing the Queen’s music, and getting ready – equipment wise – to play out more. I need a Gig Assistant for local gigs, if you know someone. And I’m still working on getting the word out more about my music…I’d love your help with that. Share my posts and vides?
Q: What about the World? How are you feeling about all that?
As a Taoist, I tried to see the good and bad in everything. As concerned as I am about the dehumanizing actions I see happened all around the globe, I also feel a great hope, especially when I think about the younger generation. I see them already taking action to bring love, peace and harmony back to the forefront of our thinking.
Q: How do you help the younger generation?
At this point in my life, I feel that my best choice is to teach and play music. If I can inspire children and adults to express themselves creatively and freely, then they are much less likely to be shackled in society as well. As a life-long teacher, I know that it only takes the right word, the right moment – which I may never know at all – to propel a student into a positive life that will change their life, and of necessity, change the life of those around them. How far the ripples of my teaching and music will reach, I will never know.
Q: What’s next in your music? Do you have new music coming out soon?
Yes! In fact, I just released a harp meditation version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” last week. I hope you find it relaxing. You can download that for free on my blog>>>here…
I’ll be adding songs by piano dudes Billy Joel, Elton John and Bruce Hornsby. I’m looking for songs that make great meditations and also reference harps. If you have favorite piano or harp songs, let me know. When I have collected 11-14 songs, I’ll release them all as a CD, and the free downloads won’t be free anymore…
Q: What about the Christmas/Holiday CD?
I know, I know. I’ve been promising a holiday CD for a while now. I’m starting with “O Holy Night,” which I am recording right now. I’ll post it soon.
Keep in touch and let me know what you’d like to hear…lots of new music is in the cooker!