Books and Harp Music

Ellen the Harpist

Single. Inept at flirting. But at least she has talent and a sense of humor. The problem is, she's often the punchline.

Ellen Blum is pretty good at convincing herself she is an adult. Despite her difficulties, she's proud of the cred she has earned serenading brides down the aisle with her harp. Doesn’t being 27 and paying her rent on time prove she's a grown-up?

Not so much, according to her personal chorus of critics. And as she dodges the barbs and petty crimes of her bosses and copes with a family crisis, she feels more like a child than ever. She has her heart set on silencing her critics and teaching them — and maybe herself — a new tune. But becoming more than the person described on her business card is even trickier than moving her harp.

The reviews are in: Ellen is a hit!

"This book had me laughing, it had me doing my OMG face, and it had me sympathizing AND rooting for Ellen the whole way through." - Pretty Little Book Reviews
"I would recommend [this book] to readers interested in romantic comedies, but don't be fooled: Ellen the Harpist is filled with a lot more than that." - TDC Book Reviews
"What a great way to start the summer - reading this book!!!" - Amazon reviewer Robbin
"A delightful read that has a lot of depth and touches on every emotion of the heart." - Amazon reviewer
"An awesome romantic comedy." - Goodreads reviewer Sue
"Funny and insightful." - Amazon reviewer Amy

Read a Sample

From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms

When you imagine your wedding ceremony, does it have a soundtrack? If not, From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms offers you a stress-free path to filling the silence with music. In this guide, professional musicians (one is a harpist who has played more than 1000 weddings, and the other two are fictional characters from the novel Ellen the Harpist) answer 10 commonly asked questions about planning your ceremony music including:

• Where can we find musicians for our ceremony?
• What instruments and music should we choose?
• When should we use music during our service?
• How much will it cost to hire musicians?

This fun, informative guide will transform you into a ceremony music planning pro whether you are following tradition or creating a modern event to celebrate your love.

Harpists Don't Dance

What would you do if someone else got to live out your dream?

16-year old Ellen is one of the only underclassmen at her school invited to Senior Prom, and she can't wait to go. A week later, she will make her Carnegie Hall debut. But when her recital date changes, she will have to make the most difficult decision of her life: Prom or recital? Her enemy, Amy, waits in the wings. She knows which one she hopes Ellen will choose, and she is ready to claim her discarded prize. But what if the two have been living the other's dreams all along?

Read Harpists Don't Dance for free on Wattpad.

An excerpt from “Ellen the Harpist”

A musical selection from my novel

Also from MiddleRun Press

Stars Came Tumbling

by Robert Brown

Harp Music

Harp Smart is a collection of exercises and repertoire for the beginning harp student. Focusing on developing muscle memory, the book’s progression follows the intervalic relationship between notes, starting with half and whole steps and progressing to larger four-finger chords.

At the Ballet is an arrangement for harp trio of music from the ballets of Tchaikovsky and Ponchielli. Harp 1 (early intermediate) is playable on lever or pedal harp, Harp 2 (intermediate) is for pedal harp, and Harp 3 (advanced beginner is playable on lever or pedal harp.

Brazil is an arrangement for pedal harp ensemble. Did someone say pedal slides?

Deck the Hall, for pedal harp duo, is a theme with variations written in the style of Bach/Gounod, Mozart, Schubert, and Strauss.

Mars, the first movement of Holst’s The Planets, is a transcription of the work for pedal harp quartet.

Puccini Medley features three favorite arias from Puccini’s operas, arranged for harp trio. Harp 1 (early intermediate) is playable on lever or pedal harp, Harp 2 (intermediate) is for pedal harp, and Harp 3 (advanced beginner is playable on lever or pedal harp.

Purloined Concerto is a three movement work for harp trio based on concertos for piano and violin by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Beethoven. Harp 1 (early intermediate) is playable on lever or pedal harp, Harp 2 (intermediate) is for pedal harp, and Harp 3 (advanced beginner is playable on lever or pedal harp.