Compañeros de Cristo

The Compañeros de Cristo (Companions of Christ) group in our diocese (Northern Indiana) is planning a trip to our companion diocese of Honduras in late January; I hope to go.

I have been playing guitar and singing for our parish‘s Spanish-language mass since Easter 2013. I sometimes also serve as a lay reader. Many of the folks connected with this mass are from Honduras. My Spanish is perhaps at a second- or third-year level; I can understand a lot of what I read, my pronunciation is pretty good, conversation is challenging, and so is listening.

From now until mid-January, any proceeds from CD sales or other musical endeavors will go toward my travel costs.

I also have handmade jeans bags for sale. All are made from thrifted jeans, lined with other fabric scraps, with inner and outer pocket(s). If you’re not local, you can buy them on Ebay.


Light for Winter

Here’s the YouTube playlist of my (mostly) dulcimer recital from Saturday evening.


The Storm / One Wintry Night (Jerry Read Smith)
Drive the Cold Winter Away (trad) / Carolan’s Welcome (O’Carolan)
Winter East and Kensington (Marcy Prochaska)
Come Before Winter (Jim Taylor)

Verso (Zipoli)
Now all the woods are sleeping (Bach)
Kyrie (Frescobaldi)
Hyfrydol, aka Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Prichard)

Dulcimer and horn*
Two preludes (Bach) (just dulcimer)
Arioso (Bach)
Bourree (Bach)
Tres Libre (Barboteu) (just horn)

Chtíc, Aby Spal (Michna)
Hard to Get (Rich Mullins)
Sanctus and Agnus Dei (Marcy Prochaska)

Easter Thursday (trad) (with horn)
Third Street Market (Marcy Prochaska)
What Child Is This? (trad) / Menuet (Quantz)

*Olivia Martinez
**Xénia Czifrík; Mary Pat Glaub, Michael Wraight, John Sherck

Fixed. Sort of. For now.



The zipper on my eleven-year-old dulcimer case finally quit. No matter what I do to lubricate the zipper teeth or tighten the pulls, the zipper stays stubbornly separated. Tired of closing the case with a couple dozen quilt-basting safety pins, I found two long zippers in my sewing supplies, both from bedding packages, and stitched them to the existing zipper. So far, so good. Certainly better than all those pins! — not for me

My experience with in the last three months:

1 beautifully composed web-based press kit
17 leads (people looking for music)
–only 1 of which specifically asked for hammered dulcimer
0 hires

If people could find me by searching for things like “classical,” “celtic,” “unique,” or “acoustic,” I bet I’d be doing better. But you can’t just say “classical” etc on this system — it’s only “classical harp,” “classical piano,” and so on, and there’s no “classical hammered dulcimer” option.

People hire me because they hear my music and like it, or because they’re looking for something different. Not enough people know about dulcimer to go looking for it.

I mentioned my concern about the categories, suggesting that it makes more sense to separate type of music from type of instrument, and one of the account executives responded that they’ve been using this system for 15 years. And some other polite but inactive language.

Bummer. I will NOT be renewing.