Gondwanaland and the Mystical North
I could pretend that my quandary began as I engaged in deep study of the performances of Alice Coltrane, but it wouldn't be true. It began as I engaged in repeated viewings of classic Marx Brothers movies. True, Harpo's ability to burn a candle at both ends was mystical enoughbut how did his fingers make the sounds I was hearing? At times it was almost too much to take.
Watching Rachael Gladwin, as she played with the Matthew Halsall band brought this oddly disconcerting sensation to the fore again. It's a beautiful instrument, and Gladwin creates a beautiful sound, so why does my brain refuse to marry sight and sound as it should?
But, on the whole, my cheery optimism continues: there's still nothing wrong. Or at least there won't be, once I solve the harp conundrum.
All Photos: Bruce Lindsay