I’m finally getting moving! I’ve been on a late night jag for a few weeks now, but that means I don’t get up until the morning is half over.
Last nights concert was beautiful! My guitar player/composer friend put together some really interesting music, with influences of classical Indian (he studied with Imrat Khan, who is the ultimate master of raga style music, sitar, etc. If you have never heard of him, just know that he is a legend!). Other influences: Astor Piazolla, rock, folk, & jazz!
I played on a duet for guitar & harp. I also played in an ensemble with guitar, bass, cello, violin, 2 percussion players (one on set & one on hand stuff:mallets, shakers, etc), & 2 female vocalists (no words, just syllables). Anyway, it was fun to be part of, but after the concert I hung out with the band, then came home & played my harp til 3am, working on some other things. It’s just really hard to stop, once I get started!

The tea? Oh yeah, the TEA! First cup of the day.
Not as fragrant as I like, it’s got that ‘tea’ taste that I tend to associate with the iced teas of my youth. There was a nice base note, a deep blackberry-like aroma, & a high citrusy edge, very bright, but maybe not so much in between, if you know what I mean. Still, not a bad cup of tea! No astringency, & a good start to my morning.

Shelley_Lorraine

That ‘tea’ taste eh? now that is descriptive. haha.

Ever make tea before you go to play your harp? So many times I make tea, it’s too hot, so I think I’ll sit at the piano for a bit till it cools, then an our or so later. . . (yeah, its hard to stop once you get started. lol)

Terri HarpLady

Yup!! All the time! Then I plan rewards for myself. If I nail a phrase, or whatever I’m working on, I get to take a sip! LOL

Shelley_Lorraine

I’m going to have to remind myself to take reward sips too :) Because I get so disheartened when I find my full cuppa tea sitting where I left it all sorts of too cold to drink for my taste.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, I learned how to play the sitar a few years ago. That would be so cool being a part of that concert.

Terri HarpLady

So someday when we have our big Steepster convention, the 3 of us (& any other musicians) will be jammin!

Fjellrev

I totally suck at it now since I stopped playing, plus I’m left-handed and I was forced to learn it right-handed. So I would just ruin that jamming session haha.

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Shelley_Lorraine

That ‘tea’ taste eh? now that is descriptive. haha.

Ever make tea before you go to play your harp? So many times I make tea, it’s too hot, so I think I’ll sit at the piano for a bit till it cools, then an our or so later. . . (yeah, its hard to stop once you get started. lol)

Terri HarpLady

Yup!! All the time! Then I plan rewards for myself. If I nail a phrase, or whatever I’m working on, I get to take a sip! LOL

Shelley_Lorraine

I’m going to have to remind myself to take reward sips too :) Because I get so disheartened when I find my full cuppa tea sitting where I left it all sorts of too cold to drink for my taste.

Fjellrev

Oh wow, I learned how to play the sitar a few years ago. That would be so cool being a part of that concert.

Terri HarpLady

So someday when we have our big Steepster convention, the 3 of us (& any other musicians) will be jammin!

Fjellrev

I totally suck at it now since I stopped playing, plus I’m left-handed and I was forced to learn it right-handed. So I would just ruin that jamming session haha.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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