Welcome to my personal diary..

Thank you for joining me here.. I am a music maker and love sharing the artists I work with and meet in my adventurous life. I make short movies while traveling festivals around the country. I'm also into cooking and making jewelry and Mosaic art... I hope you will enjoy what I share...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lisa Lynne Vblog #43 - A Northwest adventure of music & art..

A fall trip driving to Seattle, a stop in Ashland for a Mosaic conference, a visit to an organic farm, a Seattle harp conference at Dusty Strings. Concert footage with fellow musicians, Aryeh Frankurter, Kim Robertson, Patrick Ball, Erik Ask-Upmark, Beth Kolle, Laurie Riley, Molly Bauckham, Kate Power. Special thanks to Sue and Ray Mooers for hosting us all for such a great event. And the best party I've been to in a long time! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lisa Lynne Vblog #42 - A tour across the USA!

Hi there folks, here is a video, a collection of images from our recent tour to the East Coast and back. Aryeh and I are narrating over the images. There's no way to capture all the adventures we had, and I even missed including a concert or two, but you get the idea. It was a very successful tour, but a lot of hard work as we did every aspect of it on our own. It's a new world out there for musicians and artists. Do it yourself is the new way of doing things. I will be writing a book soon about how to create your own tour and be successful on the road. So look for that soon!  All the best, Lisa

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A live performance on PBS

We did a little visit to a PBS station to promote a series of concerts. 
Aryeh and I played "Morning Star".. more to come!


Monday, May 27, 2013

A Tour of Hawaii with "Legends of the Celtic Harp"

Hi Folks, Here is the latest video from our recent Hawaii tour. We were there for two weeks and enjoyed many wonderful shows and visits with friends old and new.
Here is a video montage of some of my favorite moments.

Monday, October 29, 2012

We recently toured Alaska and Washington, it was a lovely trip with successful shows. We visited schools and drove many miles of beautiful scenery.
Here is my collection of video and photo moments.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lisa Lynne Vblog #39 - Fun at Cazadero Camp 2012

Hi Friends, I haven't put up a video in several months, I have been having a wonderful summer with so many exciting events, I have so much footage but no time to edit it!  But I did get this one done, and will soon be sharing more about the recent adventures.

This one features Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp. It was my first time there. Not long ago I was doing a concert in Oakland, and an important person was in the audience. She heard me talk about my traveling harps, and thought it would be perfect for the Camp that she runs. It's for kids of all ages to come and learn various arts and musical styles and instruments. I was happy to do it and had a wonderful time. I met many new friends and kindred spirits and learned that I actually love to teach! I have done a lot of workshops in the past, but this was every day four classes, about half the people were younger kids around eight years old.
I had so much fun every minute. I hope I can make a tradition of it.

Here is the video that gives an idea what it is like. I feel like I barely scratched the surface of what all goes on there, but you get the vibe from here.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Visit to the Musical Instrument Museum

A recent trip to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. I went to check out how they do their video presentations as I will be doing something similar for a museum in Tainan, Taiwan. It was a wonderful experience that I recommend to everyone. You can visit their site at www.TheMim.org

Monday, February 13, 2012

Legends of the Celtic Harp performs a tune by O'Carolan

I have been part of a wonderful new show with my favorite storytelling/harper Patrick Ball. We have created a performance that blends music and stories of the harp through time. We are having an incredible experience with it, we have played many fine theaters and the people just love the show. Patrick is so funny, and the stories are so heartwarming. Interesting facts about the harp, with folklore and myths too. Aryeh and I get to play other instruments besides our harps, and much of the music is from my collection of original compositions. Here is just a sample of what its like. On this clip that tells of the legendary harper  O'Carolans early life.
I'll be posting more soon.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Adoption Story Part Five - The meeting..

At last.. part five of this story!

Here are the previous parts:
Part One
Part Two 
Part Three
Part Four

On June 14, 2011, I met my birth mother Olivia. After a lifetime of not knowing who or where I came from, it finally happened. Not only did I get to meet the woman who gave me my life, but a whole family of warm and loving people that are now in my life! I feel so blessed. I am still searching for the words. It's a profound self-puzzle with the pieces coming together everyday.

My family, Olivia's family, all of our loved ones have been so touched by this. The story takes on another level of complexity as Olivia is a stroke survivor. Eight years ago she suffered her second massive stroke which left her unable to walk, and with Aphasia, where the language part of the brain is impaired in both expression and understanding.

So, what we are experiencing is all about the heart. She was absolutely there and her spirit is bright and buoyant. She was smiley, a hearty person, and even spunky. I wondered beforehand if we would all be bawling our eyes out, but Olivia was steering the ship. She was joyful and playful, all smiles and thumbs up. She was full of connection and expression, taking it all in and clearly proud of all of her loved ones. Here are some moments from this great day.

The more I learn about her, the more I am amazed what parts of us are inherited in our blood, and what parts we learn along our way. I will write more about this as I continue to reflect, but she was indeed was a self-made woman. Very smart (as all of her relations), strong and independent. After she had me, she put herself through school and got her Masters Degree in business. She started as a clerk in a major company and worked her way to senior management.

When she was young she was not in the Peace Corp which I originally thought, but in the Foreign Services working for the Embassy. That's how she was in Thailand where she met and was briefly engaged to my birth father. She never married or had any other children. She lived her truth - in an alternative lifestyle (especially brave in the 60's and 70's) and had a great love / partnership of 30 years. She read spiritual books, (she had "Conversations with God" in her collection so maybe she had heard my music already) she ran the LA marathon in her 50's. She always loved music, dancing, her animals, she gave to many animal charities.

I was so nervous and happy going there. My sister Jenny went with me and she drove us towards San Diego on a sunny Tuesday. Olivia was waiting in her lovely and comfortable care home with her brother (my uncle) and his wife and two of his children, more extended family gathered from around Los Angeles to help celebrate this day. They were all so wonderful, warm, and funny too. 

There are so many remarkable things that we all discovered that we have in common, both physically as well as small habits and tendencies. We all visited for six hours of continuous smiling, learning more about her history and her family members (who there is much musical talent within) much laughing and connecting the dots. How she and I both lived by our lists, we went to lunch and they noticed how I curl and tear my napkin at the table was just like her. There were many various personality traits big and small, and even the things I cannot eat. It's so completely fascinating. I am still trying to get my mind around it all.

We had a lovely time and I already love them all so much. I smile every single time I think of them, and that is all the time, so I am always smiling. I will go back again in August and October.

It's clear that Olivia is so very loved by all who know her, and now, including me.