Winter brings special challenges to harpists. I have to seriously consider the harp's safety, more than any other season. Like warming up the truck for at least a half an hour before packing up the harp in its special, insulated case and racing outside with it and getting it in the truck without falling on the ice or tipping it over or letting cold air in the case to crack the finish or the wood or break strings. For starters.
This means I have to dress for the occasion. And it ain't always pretty. Nor do snowmobile boots lend themselves to delicate foot pedal work on the harp. Sure, I could bring more fashionable shoes to change into. But with harp, cart, music bag, bench, music stand and more needed at every event, that would be just one more thing to haul around.
This year I've found an answer to performance days
when the outdoor temperature reading is this...or lower
(as it has been many times already this winter).
For once, fashion and Amy are toe to toe, so to speak.
Behold: the tall, high-heeled fashion boot. Which means that though I may arrive rosy-cheeked and runny-nosed and teary-eyed and shivering from racing through the winter night, I can wear dresses while performing in the winter and be totally safe and on trend with my footwear. With one less thing to haul. Just one of the little things that make life as a harpist easier, warmer and happier!