Kathy King is a member of my Hip Harp Academy. I started noticing something unusual about her final projects: she was always dressing up in costume.
She didn’t stop there. In her 2nd or 3rd online course with me, she turned in a final project called “Fairytale Blues” about a princess who wanted to be baa-a-d – which she performed in costume and character. Using a lot of singing and some simple harp techniques she created something that was really fun both to perform and to watch.
That’s when I realized that, while she was a beginner harpist she was far from a beginning performer.
I love working with people who are already expert at one thing and helping them find a way to connect that expertise to the harp, so they can share what they’re already great at in a new way by adding harp to it – so it’s been a real joy to work with Kathy this year in “Harness Your Muse” to develop her first-ever show with harp and voice.
The theme of Kathy’s show is a return to the land of second-chances where people’s forgotten dreams have a chance to come true. And Kathy is LIVING this story.a return to the land of 2nd chances where forgotten dreams get to come true Click To Tweet
This is a theme that’s resonant throughout my “Harness Your Muse” mentorship, particularly for the members who’ve had full lives in one field and are either returning to the harp, or like Kathy, are daring to start the harp after developing a whole other career.
One of the things I love about the vast range of ages and technical abilities in the members in my “Harness Your Muse” mentorship is that it highlights the fact that artistic challenges are universal, and that finding our own creative voice takes a deep commitment regardless of our skills, abilities, age or experience.
What’s especially moving to me is that each artist in the group brings their unique revelations of that commitment and their own journey to their work.
Kathy’s show “Dream Journeys” is a perfect example of that – and if you’re anywhere near Hartford Connecticut on Oct. 22, I encourage you to go. Watch the show, enjoy the journey, and ask questions – because your own dream journey may just be waiting for the touch of a string – and a little direction to start.
Here are the Basics of Kathy’s Upcoming Show
WHAT: Kathy King’s “Dream Journeys” – from Broadway to childhood favorites, to the Blues – a fun and uplifting concert with harp and voice
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 ~ 7:30PM
WHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 20 Meadowlark Road, Vernon, CT
TIX: $12 in advance, $15 cash only at the door
INFO & TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dream-journeys-tickets-27609068467
ABOUT KATHY KING: Kathy grew up with a deep love of musical theater and singing. A physical therapist for over 30 years, she is now also both a Certified Music Practitioner and Reiki Master. Over the past 30 years, in addition to her healing work, she’s sung in choral groups, toured New England coffeehouses as a Christian solo artist, engaged in community theater productions, and continues to direct her church choir.
Kathy is passionate about combining music with healing in as many ways as possible – and though she’s been both a musician and healer for most of her life, the harp is a new passion – one she’s fallen completely in love with. Just as the harp has opened Kathy to a new world of musical expression, she’s using it to bring her audience on her own musical journey to the land of second chances.
And finally … this is me half-way home from NYC last weekend, when I stopped at Rein’s Deli and stumbled on Kathy’s Poster up on the wall.
Do you have a creative project that’s longing to bloom in your life? Apply for “Harness Your Muse” – even just going through the application process can bring you huge clarity – click on the “Apply Now” image at HarnessYourMuse.com.
I am very inspired by Kathy’s journey as I feel a similarity to my own with the harp. I am so excited about this concert and wish I could be there in person. Wishing Kathy all the best.