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Every Harp Life Has a Backstage

Most people enjoy harp music, but they also never have a reason to think about what happens when a harpist is NOT playing music. You might be surprised to find that it’s pretty ordinary business operations, done in the service of the harps and music.

On any given morning, you might find me

  • Racing to write a blog post for my social media guy. I occasionally get ahead and get blog posts written and scheduled. But when I’m touring and traveling, that gets harder. 
  • Rescheduling student lessons, which happens nearly every week 
  • Following up with student notes, checking their performance and exam schedules and planning their lessons accordingly. 
  • Practicing! Both piano and harp. 
  • Planning for the next holiday season. 
  • Invoicing students and venues. Chasing down slower payers. 
  • Going to networking events. 
  • Continuing to meet venue owners, caterers and event planners. 

While I often get to wear fancy dresses and high heels, there’s the backstage that has to be running smoothly for the performance and teaching pieces to be also delivering the value that I hope, too.


What makes harps such expensive instruments?

Harps are expensive because it requires a lot of highly skilled, manual labour, are often made to order. You truly get what you pay for when it comes to harps, and good ones run from $1000 to $25,000 and up for fancy pedal harps. 


On both Celtic and pedal harps, the pillars/posts are often hand carved. The in pedal harps linkages in pedal harps must be hand laid, and all 90+ sharping disks must be installed and adjusted by a human being. Check out the video below to see this delicate manufacturing work…


Hand fitted inlay makes the high end harps glow with beauty. Hand burnished gold leaf shines, and the careful tuning of these string tension all require human touch. 


Skilled hands have a great advantage over computerized machinery for crafting harps that are beautiful, durable, and sound amazing. 



Quote: “The Idea is Not to Live Forever but to Create Something That Will.” – Andy Warhol

Cymber Lily Quinn, music for relaxation, sleep, study, focus and meditation

Music Alone Shall Live

When I stumbled across this quote, it sparked a distant memory in my ear: a round that I used to sing at Girl Scout in Colorado.

The words are famous:

“All things shall perish from under the Sky
Music alone shall live,
music alone shall live,
music alone shall live,
Never to die.”

So if we are to follow AndyW’s sage advice, and we know that “music alone shall live,” then it’s a pretty good bet that if you create music, you’ll be creating something that will live forever.

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