“I sat down at that gorgeous instrument and sank back into the pleasure of the jazz standards I’d cut my teeth on.”
4 classic jazz tunes on solo jazz-harp.
Download it here.
When I first started playing jazz on the harp I simply wanted to see if I could …. and also, because my boyfriend said I couldn’t – that it wasn’t possible.
That challenge became a huge part of my life, and led me to fall in love with a bass player who showed me the world of jazz standards – those tunes that everyone knows, like “As Time Goes By.”
And it taught me the beauty of jazz: improvising over a structure — like the beauty of a game which you can play over and over, always with a different outcome.
Eventually I stopped taking the 75-pound 6-foot tall electro-acoustic blue concert harp out of my studio. I’d practice on it, but I was performing and recording on the new instrument that was created for me, the 11-pound electric CAMAC harp I could strap on … and that fit in a road case I could easily take on a plane.
But when I made a 4-song digital release of jazz tunes earlier this month, I sat down at that gorgeous instrument and sank back into the pleasure of the jazz standards I’d cut my teeth on.
And you know what I discovered?
You must remember this,
A kiss IS still a kiss …
A sigh is still a sigh.
The fundamental things apply … as time goes by.
… and that’s a lovely thing.
“Love Songs for Peter” is a limited edition digital release – 4 classic jazz tunes on solo jazz-harp. Download it here.