Hammering On

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Hammered dulcimers have been around since the first century, introduced into Irish traditional music since at least the 1700’s.  They are hollow wooden boxes with lots and lots of strings, which you hit with wooden hammers to produce the sound.  And that of course, is the tricky part.  🙂  Being a lifelong piano player, I was drawn to this instrument the first time I saw it sitting in a music store about 15 years ago.  I took my new stringed baby home, and thought, “no problem…I got this.”  Wrong.  It is amazingly difficult for me to manage to hit those little silvery, sometimes invisible in certain lights, strings with any measure of consistency.  But that doesn’t stop me from trying.   I still love my stringed baby and the sounds he makes.  And to me, life is all the better for still having a challenge, something new to learn.   Here’s a video of one of my musical heroes, Rich Mullins, playing his hammered dulcimer.  Enjoy.  Whatever your hands find to do today, do it the best you can, with a grateful heart that God has made you, that you are able to do things, and that it can bring Him glory.  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

Shameless Plug

The new CD is here!  I’m very excited, and hope that you will like the new songs and be encouraged.  This will be a “shameless plug” post, and for that, I apologize.  🙂

 The CD is available via check or paypal via this website, just click on the “Flight of Freedom” tab at the top of my home page.  It also will be available on Amazon and itunes this weekend, hopefully.  Those of you who live locally, the CD is at the Culpeper United Methodist Church office and Kk’s on the corner of Davis and Main St.

What does it sound like?  Is it any good?  Why should I buy it?  These are all questions I ask myself before buying a new CD.  I honestly cannot answer any of these questions very well; everytime I hear it I think, “Well, there’s me again.”

It sounds like….someone who loves love, and God, and Ireland, and music, especially celtic music.

It is as good as I can make it with what God has given me at this time…I pray it’s good enough to encourage you in your walk.

Should you buy it?  I should say yes, but that is totally up to you.  🙂

Ok, tomorrow I will be as back to normal as I am able.  Thanks for reading and considering.  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

My “I Would Love to Learn A New Instrument” Dilemma

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120216-082014I love learning new instruments, or at least attempting!  I’ve played the piano since I was little, my comfort zone.  But as the years have gone by, I find myself with an ever-growing collection of different instruments all clamoring for my attention.  And it’s amazing how much harder Continue reading