Pamela's music: Uplifting, joyful, comforting
One of the most important goals-and rewards-in Pamela's life
is inspiring others. Enjoy the following stories
illustrating how Pamela's music has touched and inspired
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One day I was at an art fair selling my CDs, showing
the harps we make and sell, and playing harp for people who requested
it. A man told me, "I was a first responder on 9/11, and I'd like to
hear your 9/11 song." I agreed to sing it for him-with a bit of
trepidation since the lyrics state that peace and love are my response
to the threat of terror. When I finished, he said, "I've heard a lot
of songs about 9/11, but none of them means as much to me as your song
does. I want to play that CD where I work. There are a lot of people
who need to hear this song." He works at the Pentagon.
A young man came toward my booth at an art fair. He
wasn't my usual type of customer; he wore a heavy-metal t-shirt and
ripped jeans and had more body piercings than I could count. He
approached me and said, "I think your music is amazing! I want to tell
you something: I was in a coma last year, and my mother played your
music for me. I heard it, and I remembered it.
From a note I received:
your Abundance of Time album last month. It's a wonderfully healing
gift and has brought tears to my eyes many times, especially the song
about Gretel Bergmann. I am almost 70 and remember the Second World
War through the eyes of a child. Born of German parents, the song
speaks to me, because I have not yet forgiven the Germans for the
horrors they allowed. Your words help me to heal. Thank you.
A woman approached me and said, "I teach music in
grade school, and I taught all 400 children at my school your song
'You Have a Gift.' I especially like the chorus: 'You have a gift, you
have a talent, you make a difference with what you can do...' I asked
each child to draw a picture of the gifts they bring to the world. We
made a huge collage of the pictures and put it in the school hallway.
I have been reading this list for years, and don't speak up often, but
this is too important. Public compliments and heartfelt thanks go to
Pamela Bruner for the instructional materials she produced. They are
simple, easy to follow, and more complete in explanation and
visual demonstrations than the other two harp lesson products I had
tried to learn from.
Someone here once said that it took her 11 years to make any real
headway in playing the right note right. I counted myself in that camp
-- until buying Play the Harp Beautifully. Suddenly it all came
together and confusion became clarity and struggling endlessly is past
tense. I get it!
Pamela does not assume anything. She explains with detail and clarity
the important fundamentals, without being tedious or boring. The
other instruction materials are also taught by people who are
themselves extraordinary harp players, but the difference is, it
seems, they have forgotten what it was like to know nothing about
Pamela's explanations, along with patient demonstration of technique,
songs, and practice exercises, are great for developing
comprehension, coordination, and effortless body and mind
collaboration to play the right note right every time. The songs she
includes are enjoyable accomplishments, presented in sensible order.
None are too difficult for the lesson they belong in.
You have made all the difference, Pamela, in my playing the harp
beautifully. I would not have given up but, if not for your teaching
method and materials, I would have remained limited and blaming
myself. Thank you for opening this wonderful door to music.