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Gwyneth Paltrow and me

Allison and Jodi came over last night. We worked on two new songs I wrote at the cottage..."Obsession" (Harry Potter song) and "Dot Com Survivor". It's -very- cool for me to see a song come together in the group. They even learned all the counterpoint melody and harmony bits, and we put a rough version on tape. Not sure when we're going to be able to perform these songs, though, since it's possible that the three of us may not be able to attend the same convention until FilKONtario next year. :-(

I've been doing a lot more harp playing lately, some improvisational stuff. I'm also starting to compose some vocal and instrumental pieces. I still owe Diana Huey a children's song but have gone a bit nuts and am writing several for her instead (mainly because I feel so guilty that it's so late!), at least one with the aid of GP. It is -such- a pleasure noodling about on the harp.

My harp's name is Gwyneth Paltrow, by the way (hence "GP"). For those of you who didn't read that Blathering, this name came about after conversations with several harpers who told me that my instrument would eventually tell me its name. So I waited for my harp to suggest something lovely and Celtic-sounding, like Morganna or Rowan...but instead it gave me "Gwyneth Paltrow". Allison even made a cross-stitch in GP's honour.

Sure wish some of you UK harpers would move to Toronto, at least long enough for us to do some jamming together and so I could pick your brains.

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More photos from the archives, this time of some of my filk/music friends. The photo at the top is of Jodi, Allison and me back in 1993, near Sound Techniques studio during the recording of our first album.

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Are any of your close friendships at least twenty years old?

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