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February 8th, 2009

What an Odd-ition

Every once in awhile it's nice to be reminded that on average, Rennies are more normal than other perfomers. I just auditioned for a stage part in a small show that's booked into the Alexandria Lyceum in May. The lucky harper who gets the part will be on stage with a percussionist and two actresses. The musicians will be providing, in the words of the director, "counterpoint, emphasis, emotional context, and punctuation" to the stage action. Astute musicians will notice that missing from that list are melody, harmony, and rhythm.

During the audition I was moved at various times to smack the soundboard with my knuckles, blow into the back of the harp through the soundholes to make the strings vibrate, play with both hands holding guitar picks, make hammer-on noises by flipping levers, and play with my eyes closed to imitate Turlough O'Carolan. If I actually get the part I may reduce the instrument to lumber by the dress rehearsal.