Friday, June 22, 2012


So, yesterday I'm in SoHo, hanging out on a break in the plaza adjacent to Donald Trump's building, when five or six women show up with harps. I don't know if it was a planned, sponsored thing, or if it was just a harp jam session. I did two quick drawings. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to do more.

I wish I'd had more time on these. The harps themselves are really beautiful objects. As for the music, it was nice, but harp music always reminds me of Star Trek. You know how every time the crew of the Enterprise goes on shore leave to some sort of vacation planet, there's always someone playing a harp.

Interesting harp trivia: according to Wikipedia, classical musicians refer to harp players as "harpists," while folk musicians refer to them as "harpers." I've never heard the term "harper" before, but I've never associated folk music with the harp, either. But I don't listen to much folk music at all, so maybe harpers are big in that world. Anyway, these ladies were definitely harpists.


  1. Nice pix, Chris! Thursday was "Make Music New York" where small musical performances from all genres pop up all over NYC - some indoors, some outside - on the summer solstice. They've been doing it for about 5 years. I totally missed it this year - stayed out of the heat most of the day!

    1. Well, that explains it. Thanks, Catherine! It was a hot day for harping, that's for sure.