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Local Music Notebook: Chicago, Illnoize & A Harp Named Anna

A loose collection of whatnot.

1. Illnoize.

Snippet of Illnoize recording with Nathan Rogers at MYU Entertainment's Dimensions Studio (Chicago, IL). The song being recorded is "One Day" a track off of "Illusion," an original EP from Illnoize, Illusion will be available for purchase on iTunes, and


2. A 1929 Chicago Harp.

This is a Lyon & Healy Style 15 (#3314) Pedal Harp that was built in Chicago in June of 1929. This harp has been, remarkably, in the same family since 1929 until very recently when, in December of 2012, I was fortunate enough to obtain it directly from the family.

After these many years the harp has developed an attractive honey amber appearance along with a warm, bright, full sound that once again emanates from this beautiful antique harp to soothe the heart and soul.

It certainly is a little "gem" of harp history to be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come both visually and musically.

In honor of the harps first owner back in 1929, Anna O'Conner, I have named the harp "Anna". The other harp shown, as if standing guard, is a beautiful ornate Art Nouveau style Venus "Aria" Concert Grand Pedal Harp built in Chicago by the W&W Musical Instrument Company, also known as Venus Harps.


3. "Chicago" feat. Chrissie Hynde, David Gilmour and Bob Geldof.

This was uploaded to YouTube this morning - though it's not the first time it's been posted there. It was, however, the first time our staff at Beachwood HQ had seen it. Turns out it's from 2009 and was a direct appeal to President Barack Obama. For more on the story behind the appeal, see this Wikipedia entry; here's a Wired story from last month telling us how it all turned out.


Comments welcome.


Posted on January 8, 2013

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