Category Music

Vibrations: Sound Journey

Making and playing both Native-American style flutes and Finnish kanteles has led me into thinking more and more about creating a calm and positive spirit. I’ve found that many who purchase my musical instruments are interested in playing to have more peace in their lives. Some are music therapists who use my instruments in their […]

The latest dogwood branch flute with pyrography & color.

A Second Chance to Play Flute or Kantele

When I’m selling my flutes and kanteles at music festivals or art and craft shows, one of the groups of people who like to talk with me about my instruments are retirees. I often start the conversation with “Do you play any musical instruments?” In the responses from retirees, I hear two themes. About half will […]

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 2016 Concert, Gainesville, Florida

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain provides interactive performance

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain brought holiday spirit and good cheer in general to Gainesville in their concert at the University Auditorium on Dec. 2. In their two-hour performance, they demonstrated the range of the ukulele, playing a wide of musical styles — from Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to the theme from the James […]

Koa ukulele made with Mike DaSilva!

Play along with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform in Gainesville on Friday, Dec. 2, and I’m delighted  I’ll be in the audience. There’s something inspiring about group musical performances. I developed that enthusiasm for musical groupwork from my own experience of playing clarinet in the high school band. Our band director would lead us through rehearsal […]

Flute wrap on cedar Dm flute

Breathing: Improved with Native American Flute playing

Recently I had the honor of playing at my mother’s church service with my Native American style flutes.  The opportunity was spontaneous — as people were coming in for church, I pulled a branch flute and a maple G flute out of my purse and began to play a few hymns. Everyone seemed to like the […]

Waking the Spirit book cover

Music and healing

I’m always interested in the stories and testimonials I hear from people who use musical instruments — including my Native American-style flute and kanteles — in healing. Some of those who use music for healing are certified music therapists who work in hospitals, hospice facilities and other care facilities to help patients. So I was […]

Butternut Native American Style flutes

Making a family of butternut Native American-style flutes has been a delight. I call the butternut flutes a family because they came from the same slice of wood. Even within the same slice of wood, there are some differences in the coloring and grain. At the Harp Gathering, I sold some of the butternut flutes and […]