A Rose In Winter
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This is a book of original compositions for the harp, suitable for beginners and intermediate players. Songs include A Rose in Winter, Act Of God (1 lever change), Planting Dandelions, Where River Turns to Sky, Caterpillar on the Dill, Rikud Began Eden, Song for a Whale, Dancing on Snowflakes, Harpin' in the Rain and After the Garden's Been Planted.
Earl Newman, the cover artwork artist, on the right.
The book is available with an audio CD accompaniment ($5).
Here's what people have written me about A Rose In Winter:
I just had to write to tell you that I have “rediscovered” Song
for a Whale. What an amazingly beautiful piece! It captures the essence
of this magnificent creature. I plan to play it at a nursing home later
this month. I will be introducing it by relating a story of seeing a
whale spouting while I was sitting at a beach here in beautiful Maine
earlier this month. This piece will be my centerpiece for the presentation.
We did the songs at the nursing home today and the elderly
ladies placed fresh cut flowers I brought in a cute bunny container
while I played your garden inspired songs! (After the Garden's Been
Planted, Planting Dandelions, Caterpillar on the Dill and Lilac's &
Yellow daisies for the dandelions, lavender mini carnations and limonium
for the lilac and lavender, etc :-) They loved it!
I bought your book at harpcon in Monterey, and I just wanted
to tell you how marvelous I think your songs are. My pedal harp teacher
thinks so too. All of your songs seem to tell stories, even without
your delightful recountings of how you came to write them. I'm impressed
at the way you managed to weave different rhythms with very distinct
melodies and then find such harpistic arrangements. Bravo!
I had to tell you how absolutely beautiful I found the music.
As a beginner, it was easy enough to play quickly, but still so haunting
and beautiful that it took my breath away. “Act of God”
in particular, moved me deeply. Thank
you for creating something so wonderful.
These are really interesting, beautifully melodic, and easy to get your
fingers around. They should be very useful for both students and teachers
for recitals and all harp occasions.
I love your books. Your tunes and arrangements fit the
harp beautifully as well as being musically rewarding. Your books are
a staple in my teaching.
I just got a copy of your book, A Rose in Winter and I've
been playing with your song, Caterpillar on the Dill. I have dill growing
in my front yard, and every summer the caterpillars come to feast.
Usually I collect them along with the dill, and give them to my neighbor's
kids so they can see the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.
I did this a couple of years ago with Luke, who was about 5 then. A
few weeks after I gave Luke the caterpillar, I asked him how it was
doing. He said (in a very serious voice) "Oh, he's doing fine." I
then asked him if he'd named the caterpillar, and he said, (again in
a very serious voice) "Yes, I did. His name is Louise." Well,
I had tears running down my face I was laughing so hard at a caterpillar
named Louise. But Louise turned into a butterfly and hung around Luke's
garden for a couple of weeks. Ever since then, all of the caterpillars
have been named some variation of Louise- Louis, Luigi, Louisa, Lou...
I'm happily harping your tunes in a variety of situations. They're pleasant
to play and easy to adapt to every setting. I think your tunes are really
excellent for the needs of the therapeutic player.
Your music brings me great joy at a time of sadness in my life. I like
in particular “Where River Turns to Sky.” Maybe that has
something to do with the ups and downs in my life and the fact that
I used to be a social worker at a nursing home.
Just a note to thank you for your music. I play harp at
Highline Community Hospital. Today I played "Song For A Whale", "Rikud
and "After The Garden's Been Planted" from your first book
at the Cancer Center, and oh boy - It was a joy! I also love "Where
River Turns to Sky."
Somehow I played "Act of God" straight thru,
pretty good the first time, and it really struck me deeply. It almost
makes me cry every time I play it, it's very sacred, and personal.
I play it last when I'm practicing. I'm also practicing "The
Lady of Shamrock"
(from Gossamer Gate), "Harpin' In The Rain", and "Waltz
Around With Rosiee" (from The Singing Tree), all of these songs
are just Delicious. There are so many, and I'm amazed at the variety
- You are one very talented Lady! Thank you for these songs, they
are so beautiful.
I just wanted to tell you how much I like your
book "A Rose in Winter." The songs are both delightful
and beautiful. I'm a retired music, elementary school
music teacher with a Salvi Daphne pedal harp
and a Lyon-Healy Troubador lever harp. Most of the songs in your book
sound GREAT on the MARIMBA too! I
have a 1949 Deagan 4-octave marimba and a friend and I have played your
songs as duets--one of us doing the treble part and the other the bass
part. I'm also going to try them on my vibraphone, but haven't
gotten to it yet.
I just want to let you know that I am loving your book, Rose in Winter.
It is haunting. I was playing Act of God and I love the way it goes
up and down in thirds. That G# is just so wonderful. Then I was
playing Where the River Turns to Sky and the last high part is my
favorite and then the chords on the up beat. I could go on and on,
so delightful. You are truly talented.
I recently bought your A ROSE IN WINTER. I love the first two songs, which is all the further I have gotten. Have been playing lever harp for four years and really love your songs. Thank you SO much for the great music. Can't wait to try some more. Donna Vaughan
I just want to tell you how much I enjoy playing Song for A Whale! It is really sweet and joyous and evocative. Thanks for writing it! Lea Masiello
It has been Sharon Thormahlen week at my house. I have gotten out all of your books and have had fun playing your songs and deciding which ones to memorize to use in the hospital. A long time ago, 2001 or 2002 maybe, I went to a workshop at Somerset where you were playing songs out of your books by request. It was the most relaxing time of the conference. You write beautiful therapeutic music. Cindy Lewellen
After the Garden's Been Planted by Cindy Lewellen with beautiful pictures of gardens
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