June 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm #103178
What’s the best one you’ve gotten?June 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm #103179tony-moroscoMember
One of the best musicians I know, a pianist who has played with many orchestras and many great musicians over the decades, heard me play once and told me that I was obviously born to play.
That is tied with the first time my teacher referred to me as a harpist, and not a harp student.June 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm #103180kay-listerMember
Gosh, I have 2 actually that I’ll NEVER forget.June 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm #103181SylviaParticipant
I think my best was a couple of weeks ago.June 23, 2012 at 1:14 am #103182Saul Davis ZlatkovskiParticipant
I once played a gig where I played Salzedo’s Eight Dances, not long after Heidi Lehwalder’s legendary recording was out, and a woman said my playing was fluid, and reminded her of Heidi. That made my, not day, my life.June 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm #103183daniele-diParticipant
still waiting for it 🙁June 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm #103184shelby-mParticipant
I went to a harp camp and everyone there (including the teacher) had been playing 10 years or more.June 25, 2012 at 1:37 am #103185Angela BiggsMember
Elizabeth, what’s yours?
I sang and played in a concert for organ, soprano, and harp a couple of months ago. I brought my harp to one of the rehearsals to get a feel for the space and pinpoint potential problems (the patterned carpet. . .). As I finished playing through, the professional organist — as in, degree in organ, playing for a living for forty years or so — said, “. . .And you said you taught yourself?” The tinge of disbelief was gratifying. 🙂June 25, 2012 at 4:14 am #103186David IceParticipant
I was playing at hospice. A woman approached me and asked me if I could play
CLAIR DE LUNE. She explained that was the song she came down the aisle to at her
wedding….and she and her husband had just celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary yesterday. But he was diagnosed with terminal cancer a week ago, and
only had a few days left–it was very fast moving and virulent.
I was so
happy to be able to tell her “Yes, absolutely, I will play CLAIR DE LUNE for
you”…and played it perhaps the best I’d ever played it, ever. The two of them
just sat there, holding hands, with tears streaming down their
That one moment made all the blood, sweat, tears, and years of
work and effort on the harp worthwhile, to be able to grant that wish to them.
I’ve never forgotten them, and I still tear up thinking about them.June 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm #103187laura-smithburg-byrneParticipant
I remember several compliments that are personally meaningful for me, whether they were a wink or a nod from picky conductors, or a bow of acknowledgement from star performers or famous individuals.
But other than playing for my own mother, a special one for me was from a situation similar to David’s hospice story.
I had just started playing Bach-Guonod’s “Ave Maria” on the cancer floor at Duke hospital when a woman came running down the hallway with tears in her eyes and asked me to come to her husband’s room. Apparently he had just been told that his pancreatic cancer had advanced too quickly for the treatment and that he had very little time left to live. At that moment I began to play the “Ave Maria” and it gave him a great deal of comfort and peace. It was a memorable moment, I knew I was at the right place at the right time to humbly offer the gift of music. Not long afterward I was contacted by the wife and asked to play at the funeral. It was a beautiful service that was overflowing with guests out the door of the church.
Apparently he was very loved in the community and a friend and neighbor of Coach K at Duke.
For all the times we feel our playing is not acknowledged or appreciated, there are times when our music touches a soul or many souls at a time when it is most needed, and that is worth more than any words can say. : )June 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm #103188
These are a lot more interesting than mine.June 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm #103189
I’m wondering why there are not more responses.June 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm #103190Angela BiggsMember
lol, Elizabeth, in addition to playing the harp, I sing with classical technique in a light, clear, voice. And my name is Angela. And I sing primarily as a cantor in Catholic churches. And I mostly sing from the choir loft. It’s all I can do not to roll my eyes at that one; but I try really hard not to, because people really mean it, and without exception every person thinks he’s the first one to come up with it!
People really do mean that particular compliment though; it’s almost never an off-the-cuff one. You deserve to feel proud about it! 🙂June 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm #103191rod-cParticipant
What a fascinating question. (I don’t think I’ve seen this question posted here before.) By the way…David Ice’s answer gave me goose bumps. Nice work, David.
I think the nicest compliments I have received have been when people have cried. Music has to be moving and powerful to bring people to tears. It makes me even more aware of what beautiful music we can make with this instrument that we harpists love so much.
Rod C.June 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #103192brook-boddieParticipant
My most memorable experience was also in a hospice.
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