The Singing Tree
This is Sharon's second book of original compositions
for the harp, suitable for beginners and intermediate players. If you
liked the first one, this one contains melodies that are equally as
beautiful. Songs include Dragon King Round, The Mossy
the Wind, Moon Drifting (1 lever change), Nanalu O Kahola, A Walk
in the Woods, Queen Anne's Lace, Pepperoni, The Wolf at the Big Odell
(see Loner below), Waltz Around With Rosie, and The Singing Tree.
This is Loner's memory photo from Shady Cove Resort.
He passed away in 2006. He is truly the Wolf at the Big Odell.
In The Wind Audio
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see a U-tube
video of the above tune
The book is $14. Now available with an audio
CD accompaniment ($6).
Jim (Chiron the Bard) recorded Waltz Around with Rosie
and put it up on U-tube. Here it is:
Around with Rosie
Here's what people wrote to me about this book:
“I saw your book at the local music store when I was
visiting my son in Corvallis. I was so taken with what you wrote about
each piece that I bought your book. When I got home, I noticed that
you live in Corvallis and that made the book even more special. When
I play your pieces in nursing homes and hospice, I will read what you
have written because the message about each piece seems very healing.”
“Your songs are so beautiful, I just get lost in them and the
time flies by while I am playing. I have lately noticed people pausing
outside my open windows in the garden to listen to the songs. Your music
is my treat after I do my finger exercises and other assignments!”
“It’s your original music that I really find myself drawn
to. Some of my favorites include The Mossy Glade, Waltz Around with
Rosiee and The Singing Tree, but the two songs I have become totally
enamored with are In the Wind and Nanolu O Kohola. Both of these melodies
are very evocative and beautifully written. I can actually see the whales
in my mind when I play Nanolu!.”
“Just a note to tell you how much I have been enjoying your 3
books. You write lots of catchy songs that I can use for therapeutic
sessions and just for fun. Keep writing, please!”
“The pieces in your book, have taken me through the transition
from playing one-page versions of songs to feeling like a real harper.
Because these pieces have been written for the harp and not some other
instrument, they bring out the beauty and full range of the harp. I
also appreciate the harmonies that go beyond the conventional.”
“About a month ago, I bought The Singing Tree and immediately
began to work on the pieces. I play now every day, every minute I have
free. I have reconnected with my love for the harp through working with
your compositions. I just wanted to tell you that.”
“I want to thank you for your gift of exquisite music and song.
I absolutely love playing your music. It truly fills me with joyful
peace. My partner feels the same. Several of the brides we worked with
chose selections from your books. That made me very happy.”
“Just wanted to tell you how much I am appreciating your music.
Now that I’m nearly done with my internship for MHTP, I know what
kind of music I need to add to my repertoire — yours! The melodies
are haunting and lovely, the repetition is relaxing and the level is
such that I can play all of the melody lines and some of the bass lines.
Your music is ideal for this work! I hope you are working on another
book that will include The Last Goodbye.”
I did a group at the hospital this morning and since they were eating
lunch I played "Pepperoni"...............my personal favorite!
I love the offbeat rhythm of that piece! We chuckled over how something
that pretty could be named "Pepperoni" !!
A harp song and arrangement that I really like is "Waltz
Around With Rosie". That's a very good song and a very nice arrangement.
It's well written, it sounds good, it's easy to play, it's fun to play,
and I like it. Good work!
I play both harp and hammered dulcimer and I just want
to suggest to other harp and dulcimer players that Sharon Thormalen's
piece for lever harp (Moon Drifting) is awesome on the hammered dulcimer.My
patient's thought it was the best Jazz on the dulcimer they had ever
If you'd like to be added to this list, just email me with
your comments at: email@example.com
Go back to the Books,
CD's and Music
or go to A Rose in Winter
Sweepin' the Clouds Away
Dance Thru the Music
Where the Fingers Fall
'Tis the Season
Waltz Upon a Time
Prelude for Peace
The Lone Egret
Moon Over the Mountain