A guest post by my wife, Jennifer Moss
Blogger at Motivate – Jenny Moss
I asked Steve a while back if I could contribute a blog post to the Harp Herald. I share Steve with harpists across America for about ½ the year, so I figured it was time I shared a little about what it’s like to be at home with him during the other half of the year.
One of the most common questions we get is if our daughters play the harp. No, they don’t play the harp. But they are musically inclined. They did take lessons from two amazing teachers, however, and we have a blue Lyon and Healy Folk Harp. Our younger daughter has actually gone to sleep every night for the last five years listening to harp music. Annie’s favorite: Anne Lobotzke’s Daughter of the Stars. Runners up: Suzuki Book 1, and Park Stickney’s Still Life with Harp.
To answer the next-most-asked question: Yes, it’s hard to have Steve on the road so much. Steve’s gone about 2 weeks a month. Sometimes more. Often, it’s hard. Sometimes, he comes back and it’s been so easy that we hardly realize he’s been gone. But, other times, it’s tough. My girls think I only know how to cook out of Trader Joe’s boxes. When we moved to Oregon, Steve was on the road. Moving to West Lafayette, Indiana, this summer however, Steve was with us for the move, and for a couple weeks afterward, too. (Score!)
I’m proud when I think that in some circles he’s famous. He described a time when he worked on a family’s harp, and the daughter was super excited that “Steve Moss, the guy from the video, was actually IN her HOUSE!” He’s in my house, too, but he hasn’t made a video with instructions on how to find the missing earring in the sink trap, or how to make the kids’ favorite dinner, Walnut Pasta with Parmesan.
Our older daughter goes to Interlochen Arts Academy, studying opera. A harpist friend stopped her one day and said, “Hey, Liza, Steve Moss is your dad, right? Oh wow! Mrs. Holland was talking about your dad in class today!” The other girl thought it was so cool that Liza’s dad was some kind of harp celebrity, but Liza shrugged. He’s just her dad, to her.
We joke about people who have jobs with niche markets smaller than his. We thought about writing a book, profiling people with jobs that are more “niche” than his, but someone beat us to the punch.
(The whole list: http://www.jobprofiles.org/library/guidance/weird-jobs.htm)
- Odor Tester
- Citrus Fruit Dyer
- Fortune Cookie Writer
- Cheese Sprayer (for popcorn)
- IMAX Screen Cleaner
- Fountain Pen Repairer
- Snake Milker
- Dog Food Tester
So what does Steve do for fun at home? He writes songs, plays the grand assortment of musical instruments we own – from an electric guitar to a clawhammer banjo, to the violin, and the cardboard box bass. He has a cardboard harp kit on his workbench right now, and the remains of a coffee can banjo in a drawer. When he’s not building, rebuilding, or playing instruments, Steve is also a Brown Belt in ATA Taekwondo, which he does with our younger daughter, Annie, and he has been making awesome electronic music with prerecorded samples. His current project: making a tiny lathe out of the motor of a vintage sewing machine. Stay tuned to the Harp Herald to see if he decides to turn columns for the world’s smallest harp!