This post is from a series that shares the “Final BEGINNING Projects” from my winter 2016 “Blues HarpStyle” online course for harp players. students created short videos based on what they learned in the course, and answered 5 questions about what they got from the challenge of this project.
This song is based on a true story! It’s called “Never Wanna Be There Again”. It’s sort of my emotional process of being in the hospital with my daughter after she was in an accident. It’s hard to talk about it, but I found the Blues offered a solid vehicle of expression that really fit the mood.
Having a form to work with really allows for freedom of expression in
improvisation and composition. I felt that studying and learning the harmonies
and harmonic variations opened up the 3 chord 12 bar blues into a land of
possibilities. I could always feel it, now I have more confidence actually
expressing it on my harp.
The challenge is always trusting my gut.
DHC, thanks so much for inspiring this wonderful project! I always learn so
much from you! Any serious harpist (or harpist serious about having fun) would
benefit from any of your courses.
Veronica – wow! All I can is that you have totally made this your own — and the ending really made me laugh. I can so see you playing this in a show and having everyone sing with you “Never wanna be there again!” I could even see you opening it up to the audience to get them to yell about where THEY never wanna be again. This is really fun and you sound great. Yeah, I know the video’s fuzzy but you can definitely claim that’s an artistic choice! Bravissima!
A NOTE TO THE READER FROM DHC
Hey, thanks for reading this example of what it’s like to go thru a course with me! Did you have Aha’s or revelations watching the video & reading the answers she wrote? Add your comments below. Please – no critiques – just share what you learned from someone courageously sharing a project that’s the BEGINNING of a lifelong creative exploration.
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