They sing. They write. They play. Singer-songwriters are taking the harp to a wider audience. We talked to seven harpists in this talented lot to find out how they do it all.
—by Sam Hickman
When I was little my whole family played ice hockey. It was the ’90s, and in Texas, for some reason, ice hockey was the thing. If you’ve ever been ice skating, you’ll know that, for some people, just staying upright is difficult. If you’ve ever played field hockey, you’ll know that the level of hand-eye coordination needed is high. Now combine the two, put yourself in front of a large audience, and you will understand what it’s like being a singing harpist. Playing the harp while singing is a combination of two highly skilled disciplines, and both require a lot of talent, passion, and dedication to the craft. If you take your eye off the puck for one second, you’ll suddenly be belting “And the Star Wars keep singing like they know the score,” as the dramatic climax for Eva Casidy’s “Songbird.” It’s a lot to think about.