A mixed week

Hi everyone,

I may not be blogging much this week. I have several things on my list that need attention. I need to make every minute count for the ongoing book project with LAURA ROBB and TIM RASINSKI. I need to write a letter of recommendation for a friend, and make a video with Tim and MARY JO FRESCH to promote our pair of books that come out on February 1.

The fun news is that I spoke yesterday with maestro PATRICK REYNOLDS of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and we agreed that I’ll make a series of videos to be part of the “Bugs” concert on March 20 in Dayton. There will be one video that will be aired as advance marketing for the performance, two of me reading poems from the book, BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS, and two others that are poems for two voices.

I’ll record my part here and my reading partner will be the orchestra’s pianist, live on the night of the concert. My image will be cast on a large screen above the orchestra so I’ll look down as though I’m looking at my reading partner and she’ll look up to the screen during her parts. If you’ve ever seen my Halloween poem with RENEE LATULIPPE, it will be similar to that. She was in her home in Italy looking to her right to “see” me and I was here looking left to “see” her. For this week I’ll just make two of the videos so that Pat can check how well my images will project on a screen that size. If it doesn’t work, he’ll make the recording from his end. Wish me luck!

Recording some bugs

Hi everyone,

Thanks to Nathan Papes, Springfield News-Leader, for the picture

Yesterday I had a note from PATRICK REYNOLDS, conductor of the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Dayton, Ohio, inviting me to record some of my choices from bugs, poems about creeping things. that he might use to help promote the “Bugs” concert in March and perhaps include during the performance.

Don’t have the bugs worked out of the idea yet, or into it, but I’m so happy at the thought of participating in this way. I’m still considering the idea of attending the concert in person, but either way the fun factor just took a leap upward. The maestro asked about my favorite poems from the book and I sent him this list.

bugs
a tick’s friends
scorpion
flea
bookworm
dumb beetles
centipede
no-see-um
bad beetles
other bugs

I wish I could show you the marvelous illustrations by ROB SHEPPERSON. No matter how funny I think I am, Rob always makes each poem better with his own puckish sense of humor. You can  guess just by seeing the cover alone. I'd love to do something else together one of these days. 

bugs everywhere

Hi everyone,

I’m told that the audience had a fine time at the “bugs!!” concert in Dayton. Conductor Patrick Reynolds was kind enough to send me a sound recording of him reading various poems from the book. He did a great job and the kids in the audience loved him. He was excellent at drawing the audience into the readings. Wish I could have attended but these pictures and the sound track helped me enjoy the event. My thanks again to Pat.

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http://www.amazon.com/Bugs-Poems-about-Creeping-Things/dp/1590784510/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397774071&sr=8-1&keywords=bugs+david+harrison

 

For the love of bugs

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Hi everyone,

Dr. Patrick Reynolds sent a couple of pictures from yesterday’s BUGS!! concert in Dayton and promises more when they’re ready. All the copies of bugs sold out so Rob Shepperson and I are doing a victory dance somewhat off stage.

Thanks, Pat. Thanks, Rob. Thanks, all you little buggies.

David

Illustrating poems

Hi everyone,

Our son Jeff Harrison  posted on Facebook yesterday’s article about the opening of a display of my work this Wednesday at Missouri State University. So, by the way, did my friend and wonderful actor Michael Frizell. Thank you, too,  Michael!

One of the comments under Jeff’s post is from Kathy Johnson Zwahl, who teaches art to elementary students in Atchison, Kansas. Kathy’s father, Ed, and I were fraternity brothers at Drury and spent more than one evening sitting behind the Lambda Chi house, pondering the mysteries of women in general and our sweeties in particular, wondering how we were ever going to persuade our beauties — Sue and Sandy — to marry us. Eventually we were both successful and we produced four wonderful kids, Ron and Kathy Johnson and Robin and Jeff Harrison.

So now Kathy is teaching art and at an upcoming school event called Poetry Palooza she plans for some of her students to illustrate poems of mine. Is this a great connecting of generations or what? I’m so pleased that my friends’ daughter is introducing her own students to something of mine.

This afternoon at 3:00 is the BUGS!! concert in Dayton, Ohio where, thanks to conductor Patrick Reynolds, Rob Shepperson’s witty art and my poems from BUGS, POEMS ABOUT CREEPING THINGS, will be featured. Too bad that Kathy’s student art couldn’t be displayed on stage, too, during the concert! Thank you, Kathy. Love to you and the family.

David