Wednesday, February 23, 2011

If you could learn anything, what would it be?

Angie here:
I'd love to learn to play the harp. I recently read Angel Harp by Michael Phillips. I've decided a successful book is one that awakens or reawakens a dream, goal, or choice to be a better person. Angel Harp did that for me on so many levels.

I've kept the dream to play harp way, way in the back of my mind. It's an expensive instrument. So far, I've never had the time or enough money to buy one and take lessons. But while reading this book, the dream really exploded inside.

Even though there isn't the time and ability to achieve playing harp right now, I've put it on my list for future adventures. I know it's down the line. Likely years away. But if it's on my list I will eventually find a way to explore this dream. Hope for the future is built on future having something to hope for.

I can play penny whistle too. Not for anyone else, but for my own pleasure. I think David must have been something like that with his lyre in ancient times. He played for himself and his sheep. I play now and then just for fun. I like the Irish and Scottish songs with the lyrical trills. I'd like to feel this same pleasure drawing my fingers across the strings of the harp.

It should also be an awesome way to continue building my mind. Those who continue to learn continue to have sharp mental abilities. Some people do crossword, take classes, or even learn to dance. I'm thinking I'll pursue harp and my ancestry as my future tough learning plans for both spirit and mind.

Do you have something to hope for?
If you could learn anything, no matter how impractical it seems at this moment, what would it be?

16 comments:

  1. I used to want to play the harp, too, Angie! I heard a couple of people play, one was a pastor's wife who played at a worship service. The other was a harpist playing a solo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Both times, I was so moved. I declared I wanted to learn! :) I still haven't done so. But I imagine someone who teaches would be willing to let us at least have the lessons on her harp. Maybe we could rent one for practice. :)

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  2. Hi Angie & Missy:

    Harps are over six feet tall and weigh about 85 to 95 pounds. The cart needed to move a harp weights about 35 pounds. A harp does not fit in a car or most SUVs. Harps are very hard to tune and they go out of tune very easily. You have to tune the harp yourself.

    Be careful what you wish for. Me? I’d love to play the mandolin that my wife gave me a couple of years ago.

    Vince

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  3. http://band-orchestra.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rees-Harps-Harpsicle-Harp?sku=475016

    I read in Angel Harp that they came in many different sizes. So I looked up one that's only about 3 feet, about 4 octaves, and 4 pounds. You can even march in a parade with it according to the info, lol.

    I'd probably start with something small and light like this so I could play for myself and maybe for another person like in hospice. I doubt I'd ever go huge with the 6 foot harps. I wouldn't have a place for it in my house!

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  4. We could even have our own angel band with 2 harps and a mandolin, Vince!

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  5. I've always wanted to be a drummer. Of course, my son is a drummer and I still don't know how. But I want to do drum set, not snare, bass, quads, or timpany. I'd also love to play the banjo. Not sure why. I just would.
    The one thing I would really love to learn is ballroom dancing, including the latin dances. But considering my husband doesn't dance, I guess I'll have to wait until senility sets in and then tell him he loves dancing:-)

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  6. I love the rich sound of timpany! But Mindy, you've given me a great idea for those ballroom dance classes I've always wanted to take. I'll tell Mike the same thing, lol!
    Angie

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  7. Ballroom dancing is tons of fun, you should try it! I've been around it all my life and it really is a great relationship builder.

    As for something I'd like to learn... wow, I wish I had several lifetimes instead of one, there are so many. I'm addicted to getting degrees. lol. But, if I had to pick one right now to learn on my own, I'd say learning more about medical science vs homeopathy.

    Have a nice night all!

    And good luck with the harp Angela, they sound beautiful!

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  8. Eva, I bet if you took the Strength Finder 2.0 test you would have Learner as one of your top 5 strengths :-)
    Angie

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  9. I would love to learn how to sing. I love singing and I'm not very good at it. But I do it loud when I'm by myself.

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  10. Yeah, Angie, I've seen smaller ones as well.

    LOL, MIndy! Your poor hubby. :)

    Eva, I love to learn as well. My daughter thinks I'm crazy. I've said before I would enjoy being a permanent student. I guess I do what I can by taking online classes. :)

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  11. Hi Angela:

    Two harps and a mandolin would be so classical. I’m thinking of Danny Boy and Amazing Grace.

    I recently saw seven harps perform in concert and there really is nothing like it. All the performers were women. In fact, all the harp players I’ve seen live have been women. I wonder why that is?

    Vince

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  12. Angie, I'm always surprised at wht those tests reveal. They are fun to take!

    Lindi, I'm glad you sing your heart out! Everyone should :)

    Missy, I tell people that all the time too! I'll never know enough.

    Vince, come to think of it, I've never seen a man play a harp either... hmmm... might have to check youtube :)

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  13. My friend, Tod, is learning harp now for our local hospice. He's an amazing musician already and plays piano and organ. There's one man :-)
    Angie

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  14. And there are men playing harps on youtube :)

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  15. I've always wanted to play the piano, harp and violin. Of course, being able to play even one of them would suit me just fine. So I had my heroine, Akira MacKenzie be a harp player in Highland Blessings.

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