Marathon Music – Livestream 5.5 Hour Show – Mon. Apr. 21


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ConcertWindow-Marathon-Laptop-concert-header2-moreinfoI’m playing the Marathon in Boston to raise money for Parkinson’s Research wearing my electric harp.  Here’s the deal:

My husband, Jonathan Wyner, and I are partnering with the Michael J Fox foundation’s “Team Fox,” and ConcertWindow.com to raise money for Parkinson’s research in two different Marathon performances.

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Jonathan is running the Boston Marathon – that’s his performance.  I’m performing a 5.5 hour Marathon Music Livestream concert. That’s mine.  All the money from both events will go to the same “Team Fox” fund.

Here’s Where You Come In

Donate to Jonathan’s fund here: http://www2.michaeljfox.org/goto/Lila

Donate via my Marathon Music Livestream concert by buying a ticket to the show or set a reminder here: http://bit.ly/MarathonMusicTix

Here’s how it works: Buy a ticket for whatever price you want – from $1 on up – (and really, it’s fine for you to support in whatever way you can).  Thanks to ConcertWindow.com 100% of that money will go directly to the Team Fox research fund.

If you drop in on the Livestream on Marathon Monday (Mon. Apr. 21, 2014)  – for five minute or five-and-a-half-hours – then you’ll have a chance to add money to the tip jar at the online concert site – or just enjoy the concert.

Why a 5.5-hour performance?

I figured that 5.5. hours is how long it would take me to run the Marathon at my speed.

Why start at 9:30 AM EDT??

I wanted to end at about the same time Jonathan does (around 3pm EDT) and be able to track his progress during my Marathon performance.  So that’s how we came up with the 9:30 AM EDT start-time.  Plus, that means that my friends in Europe finally have some easy-to-watch times!

Why is this so important to us?

Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease. Jonathan’s mother, Lila, is battling it, as is another beloved friend of ours – and it’s important to us to join that battle with them.  We wanted to find ways we could bring ourselves and our passions into that challenge on a very physical level.

FAQs:

Will you be drinking gatorade: Yes! (Or my own homemade equivalent)

Will you be wearing running shoes?  Hmmm…. good idea.

Will you be wearing trackshorts? Yikes!  I hope not!!  (But let me think about that)

Will you have bathroom breaks? Yes!  And so can you!

Will you get to cross a finish line? Good idea. Will see if I can do it while playing the theme from that running movie … what was that theme?  What was that movie??

I made up these questions myself – because I really wanted to know the answers!  I’d LOVE to hear your questions below.

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Play with Fire! Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp -Take 2!

For the past 3 weeks, 30 harpists around the world  helped me hone my “Baroque Flamenco” Bootcamp online course so YOU can learn this piece and play with fire!

>>Register Now – Course Starts April 8th<<

Or just go right to the shopping cart

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“Baroque Flamenco Bootcamp” is a 3-week online intensive.  After just the first few lessons, you’ll already be playing the ‘bones’ of the piece – and from there you’ll add the flesh, the feathers and the  passion to make the piece fly – any whatever level you play.

It’s a big piece.  But you can start from very small. Because that’s how I created it.

This piece started as a simple improvisation on a classic melody from a beginners book – and grew with me over many decades ’til it became the powerhouse that harpists all over the world are adding to their repertoires and audiences are applauding in standing ovations.

It’s a featured concerto at the 2014 American Harp Convention in New Orleans AND a featured masterclass and Chamber Ensemble work at the 2014 World Harp Congress in Australia.

But it can be played at any level – from Advanced Beginner to Professional. 

And that’s what I teach you to do in this course – to play it at YOUR level.

The Bootcamp is ‘officially’ split into three levels: Fledgling (Adv. Beginner), Intermediate & Advanced – But everyone gets access to all the lessons.  So you can shift back and forth from level to level and take the parts from each that work best for you.

Got your creative checklist?

I’ve discovered that structure gives me creative freedom, so I make checklists for myself for everything  I do — and  I did the same for you in this course. In each module you get a checklist of exactly what to do so you can focus on just what you need to do to play the tune now, at your level, with the skills you have right now.
Go ahead … ask!I’ve always been the kid in the class with so many questions the teacher finally asks me to put a lid on it.  But questions are what bring any learning alive! So we have 3 weekly online chats to let you ask whatever questions you want – the ‘dumber’ the questions, the better, in by book – because it’s the ‘stupid’ questions that really get us to the heart of things.

Ready  – Set – Go at your own Pace!

The course goes pretty fast – but YOU can go at your own pace and  review all the online materials for at least  3 months after the course is over , plus download the worksheets, checklist and audiofiles so you can do what I do, and listen to them on your ipad while you’re exercising, or cleaning house, or eating bonbons (wait! where are my bonbons??)

Are you ready to play with fire?

>>Register Now<<

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As soon as you do, you get immediate access to a huge online reference section that includes a series of warmups to prepare you to learn the piece (and keep you in shape after you have learned it!),  a video walkthrough of every playing technique in the piece, and a video history of the piece (people say they love watching this!).

Then let’s go play with all the fire that’s in us!

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Where’s Your Island?

Quick!  What do you think when you hear the word “Nantucket”? dreamland-nantucket-april26-850p

I tried NOT to think limericks when I first heard I had a show at “Dreamland” in Nantucket this weekend but what the heck – here’s the truth:

I’m taking my harp ‘way offshore
Where it’s never been sailing before
When we get to Nantucket
I’ll sing songs and pluck it
‘Til the audience calls out “encore!”
Betty Widerski

>> Tix Here / Show Sat. Apr. 26 at 7:30pm<<

 Yup! Tomorrow I head to the isle of Nantucket to play at “Dreamland” theater. And that limerick was written by Betty Widerski, when I put out a call to my Facebook community for clean-minded Nantucket harp limericks.

And tomorrow I’ll be up early, pack the van with harps, CDs, costumes, makeup and head down to Hyannis, at the nether-end of Massachusetts where I’ve never been before. We’ll get on the ferry and get off in the middle of “Daffodil Weekend” in Nantucket.

Obsessive

The minute we pull down the driveway, I’ll start obsessing over what I might have forgotten.  I’ll stop two blocks down the road, run to the back of the van to ferret down into some bag to make sure I have something-or-other. I’ll find it. I’ll be frazzled.

Then I’ll mentally sit myself down, stare in my eyes sternly and say, “Look, what are only three things you really need? And I’ll say: My harp, myself, and Shelley*” and we’ll drive off.

(Shelley Fairchild is one of performers I’m coaching in my 6-month “Harness Your Muse” program. She’s in Boston with me this week for one-on-one intensive training — and  … don’t tell her this, but I’m hoping I can get her on stage with me at the “Dreamland”)

I Sweat the Details

The details that lead up to a show are what I stress and obsess over, from ticket sales to my equipment, my set-list and whether there will be food when I need it.  The minute I stop obsessing over whether we’ll sell enough tickets, I start obsessing over what happens if we sell out and people can’t get in.  I just worry.

It’s like Chipmunk Central in my head.

But the minute I walk on stage, all the chatter stops.  It. Completely. Stops.

My Safe Zone

The stage is my safe zone, the zone of focus, the zone of NOW.  There is no preparation left to do.  There are no mistakes to fix.

Once I’m on stage, any mistake, any mis-step, mishap or disaster gets folded into the show itself as if it were a lucky break.  The things that do go ‘wrong’ often end up being the special, funny moments that one audience and I will always share.

I don’t know how I learned to do this: to be completely ‘OK’ with everything that happens on stage.  I wish I could do it in other places of my life.

But it just ‘happens’ when I walk on stage.

It’s like an island. Each performance is a glorious escape to that island, where I feel truly alive and completely present, utterly happy in my body and my life, like I’m doing what I’m meant to do.

What’s your island?

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Act of Love – Harpathon for Parkinson’s Research

Thank you…

Monday’s Harp-a-thon was  … WOW.   Thanks to ConcertWindow.com, the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Team Fox and YOU – the people who donated through my online Harp-a-thon, and through my husband, Jonathan’s Boston-Marathon run -  we raised over $5,000 for Parkinsons Research on Monday. (And you can still donate here if you missed it)marathon-harpathon-money-raised

Drip Drop …

It was exciting – I performed, Jonathan ran … we reached and surpassed our goal … and then suddenly that seemed like so little.

When I hear about billionaires donating millions of dollars to causes or politicians, $5000 sounds like such a tiny drop in a huge ocean. 

And if it were only money, it might be little.

But what I learned by doing this is that the exchange of funds is really the center of a relationship. And fundraising can facilitate those relationships when it’s set up well.

And those relationships are about human connection.

So … WHAT WAS IT?

Well, Monday of this week was the Boston Marathon – and Boston, where I live, is completely focused on it.  The marathon takes place on a state holiday, “Patriot’s Day,” so many people are off work.

My husband was running the marathon to raise money for Parkinson’s research, a disease his mother has and I was ‘running’ a 5.5-hour online “Harp-athon” via ConcertWindow.com to raise money for the same fund.  My concert started at 9:30AM, Jonathan’s race began around 11:30, we tracked his run, and I ended the concert at the moment he passed the finish line.

The online concert part happened very last-minute. It was a ‘crazy idea’ I had to put on an online fundraising concert. I ran it past the ConcertWindow.com people and they said, “Sure! And we’ll donate our percent to the cause, too, so 100% of all the money that comes in will go to this fundraiser.”  And boom – it was suddenly happening.

Our emotional motivation was Lila, Jonathan’s mother, who has Parkinson’s.  And these two organizations, Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Team Fox and ConcertWindow.com allowed us to connect directly with people so we could raise money for this research that’s so important to us.

Why did we do it?

Everyone in our family feels the helplessness of fighting this disease, Parkinson’s, that steals the physical dignity of the people it strikes and disconnects us from this person we love so much.  Being able to engage in any positive way, no matter how small, in something that might help, lifted us momentarily from that feeling of helplessness and gave us a small way to connect.

One thing I realized was that, while the money itself is essential, when organizations like the Fox Foundation, and ConcertWindow.com make it possible for us to raise money in ways that connects us to individual people – the people who came to the Online Concert, the people who donated to the campaign – the fundraising becomes a focus for human connection, and a motivation for personal challenge.

Does it really help?

Does what we did change the condition of people with Parkinson’s? Does it change our personal helplessness to fight it?

Not right this minute, no.

But it changes our connection to each other and to the people we love who are fighting it.

It’s just an act of love.

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