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The Renegade Harpist, The Pleasure of Bad Movies, and Vintage Instruments

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
03/13/2008

Heidi Lehwalder was destined to become a harpist before she was even born. Today, Heidi tells us how she took up the harp at the of age of six and has been mastering the instrument for the last five decades. We also find out how to keep cows without losing the landscape.


At 2:08 p.m. – Vintage Instruments, Timeless Sounds
Vintage sounds give a unique insight into our own history by bringing us into another time and place. It's a way to hold onto the past, stay connected, and gives us perspective on the present. Musician Jim Roth plays old guitars on vintage amps because he wants to bring those sounds of the past into contemporary music. Hear how Jim started his collection, how it grew, where he used these instruments, what inspires him to continue to use vintage.

At 2:20 p.m. – Heidi Lehwalder
Heidi Lehwalder was destined to become a harpist before she was even born. Her parents met while playing in the University of Washington symphony. And at one point, Heidi's mother said if their daughter was even halfway talented, they would raise her to play the harp. As it happens, Heidi took up the harp at the age of six, and has been mastering the instrument for the last five decades. In an archived interview from December 10, 2007, Heidi says her most profound inspiration came from a man she met when she was just ten years old.

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At 2:40 p.m. – Sounds Familiar
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, brings us another familiar tune we didn't know we knew so well.

At 2:50 p.m. – Sweet Grass Farm
Cattle can destroy a piece of land. They overgraze and deplete the land of nutrients, which will kill trees and other plants. Their hooves rip up topsoil and leave it pocked like a moonscape. That's just what Scott Meyers' land looked like it when he first bought it several years ago. He spent years restoring the place he now calls Sweet Grass Farm. It's now covered in grass and plants. It's also covered with cattle. He and Jeannie Yandel spend some time with the land and with the cattle.

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