One day our Son Aaron announced that he was interested in learning to play the harp. At first I thought great, we have a Sonny boy Williamson in the house at last, but no he meant the Celtic Harp! Well even though I was pretty taken a back I did as any good dad would do, I tried to accommodate for his passion to learn an instrument by helping him get a small Shepherds Harp and got him an ‘explorative lesson’ with the best teacher in our area. It was pretty amazing how quick he picked it up and really got into it. He has been taking lessons now for about a year and a half and has done a few local gigs and festivals even accompanying touring artists occasionally too.
Along with his interest in playing the Harp Aaron also has a keen interest in building them. His teacher’s husband Daniel is a master builder, and when he offered Aaron a chance to build one with him he jumped at the opportunity. Working 9 hour days through his school holidays he has come along way with the build. He busks at weekends to save the money for the hardware needed to complete the build.
He was encouraged to start a community funding project to help raise the last money needed to complete his harp and at the time of writing this he is 1/3 the way to meeting his goal of $1500.00 thanks to the generosity of others who are inspired by his passion for the harp. If you are interested in taking a look at what he is doing and perhaps would like to invest in what he is doing you can follow this link Aaron Ord Music.
I am so looking forward to hearing the music that comes out of his own handiwork. It is so rewarding to see your kids following their passions, especially when they are so positive and life giving.
Thanks for your interest in my music.
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This is an awesome story – thanks for sharing how you encouraged your son into something he wanted to do.
I have three sons and would like to see them develop their passions and discover how God’s gifted them. It’s tempting to push them in other directions, but this is a reminder to wait and see what ideas they come up with themselves.
Graham, your music still inspires me. I remember you from days in Watford & a mission trip to the Czech Republic (as it was named in 1991). I’ll never forget hearing your songs blaring on the streets, out of loudspeakers formerly used to broadcast Communist propaganda! (And I still have some fun pics from that trip)
(used to be Anne Corner)