Play With That!

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This article is part of a year-long series by Deborah Henson-Conant that explores the process, art, and craft of invention and reinventing yourself. There is only one installment left! Share your questions and comments about this article with her at powerharp.com.

This article is part of a year-long series by Deborah Henson-Conant that explores the process, art, and craft of invention and reinventing yourself. There is only one installment left! Share your questions and comments about this article with her at powerharp.com.

Using structure to find freedom in music.

We spend our lives playing the harp. But what does it mean to really play?

I’m constantly having this discussion with my friends and colleagues, searching to define it, looking for the words. Then I blurted it out in conversation with a friend, “It’s the difference between handing someone a sheet of music and saying play this, and handing someone a sheet of music and saying play with this.”

The word “with,” I realized, is the word of human experience, of play, of connection. With power. With conviction. With love. With passion. With fun. With you. With!

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Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. Her signature harp, the DHC-Light, was designed and named for her by Camac Harps. She composes works for solo harp, ensembles, and concerto settings, and she coaches harpists in creativity and business in her online courses.

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