Archive for Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Local harp player releases CD

December 5, 2001

Patricia Dillard's music can now be heard at work, in the car, at home or anywhere there's a CD player.

The 14-year-old Baldwin City harp player recently released her first CD.

"He Is Born" is a collection of 10 Christmas carols that includes "What Child Is This," "We Three Kings" and "Ding Dong Merrily On High."

"It's very exciting," Dillard said. "It took awhile, but I think it's worth the effort."

She said she decided to record the CD after some nudging from others.

"People have been asking me for about a year if I was going to record a CD," she said. "A lot of people requested a lot of different Christmas songs."

But Dillard had the final say in the songs that were recorded.

"It has a lot of my favorite Christmas carols," she said. "Some I heard off of movies like 'Little Women.' These are songs I grew up with."

Dillard, who has been playing the harp for seven years, said she began working on the selected pieces a few weeks before she went into the recording studio. She then recorded all 10 songs at Red House Recording Studio, Eudora, in a four-hour afternoon session at the end of October.

"I'd try to play the songs the best I could and then I'd go listen to them," she said. "Sometimes I'd have an area in a song I didn't like and I would go do that section over again."

She said she enjoyed her first recording experience.

"It was a lot of fun to be able to express myself and not worry how it sounded," she said.

The CDs, which are being released in time for the holiday season, are $10 a piece and can be purchased at Discoveries, 719 Eighth St., or by contacting Dillard or her mother, Kelly Moore. Dillard said she also hopes to have them for sale at Christian Books and Gifts, 2108 W. 27th St., Lawrence.

She said the money from her CDs will go to help paying off her harp, which will take her about three years.

A local Lawrence radio station, KANU-FM 91.5, has taken notice of Dillard's CD. KANU's music director, Rachel Hunter, said the station will play some of Dillard's songs today sometime between 9 a.m. to noon and then at different times throughout the Christmas season.

"We're always happy to have some instrumental Christmas music and this is a really good addition to our holiday library," Hunter said.

"I think she's just very good for her age especially," she said. "It's pretty unusual for a girl her age to be playing harp and to be that serious about it."

In fact, Dillard placed second in instrumental string solo at the National Fine Arts Festival in Kansas City in August, which is a competitive national competition.

Dillard said she is hoping "He Is Born" isn't her only CD.

"I'm thinking of recording a classical CD, probably next year sometime," she said. "That's my goal. That's what I'm aiming for."

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