Kihei, HI, March 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- There’s something about a wedding harpist and her instrument—the picture they paint is elegant, sophisticated, and romantic. The wedding harpist’s job is to provide a beautiful background for a beautiful event, but throw in some unpredictable Maui weather, a few Bridezillas with their hapless grooms, some drunken relatives, butterfly releases gone terribly wrong, and even a white dove that drops dead, and this picture of genteel elegance can quickly turn to disaster.
Outskirts Press author Ginny Morgan has seen it all when it comes to wedding ceremonies, and this popular harpist has compiled a collection of short stories plucked from her experiences in Pluck — The Tales of a Wedding Harpist in Maui, Hawaii. Morgan recounts the good, the bad, and the truly embarrassing wedding moments from one of the world’s most glamorous nuptial sites—Maui—and with more than 20 years’ experience to draw from, her stories will leave the reader laughing out loud.
Pluck is more than a deliciously entertaining and humorous romp through a multitude of wedding memories. Morgan also weaves the story of her own marriage, divorce, and remarriage throughout the stories of others’ escapades, and we see her rise from a struggling musician to a highly respected and sought-after businesswoman. Framed by a series of touching Saturday-morning conversations with her aging father as his health and mental acuity fail over the years, Pluck features a parade of memorable characters she encounters in between endless repeats of Pachelbel’s “Canon.” It also features some of the most common questions Morgan encounters in her work. Her favorites: “Do you play in the nude?” and “Bet you wish you’d studied flute about now,” which she usually hears as she’s manhandling her 90-pound instrument across expanses of lawn, muddy beaches, and into elevators.
A small, hidden door at the end of the kitchen, cleverly disguised as part of a rock wall on the outside, brought me out into the daylight of the resort, where guests lounged around the pool. I tried to give the illusion that I had just popped out of nowhere, calm, cool, and collected, despite my steamy journey through the bowels of the elegant resort.
I quickly located the wedding site and tuned my harp, which had gone out of tune due to the contrasts between the air-conditioned resort halls, the steamy kitchen, and the hot sun at the wedding site. As I sat down to play, a waiter appeared at my side and placed a glass of iced water beside me.
“Thought you might like this,” he said.
“Thanks anyway, but I’m not supposed to drink on the job.”
“I think they mean alcohol,” he said as he smiled.
Thank heaven for small favors!
This collection of stories will appeal to any couple considering holding their ceremony on the beautiful island of Maui. It will also appeal to professional musicians, wedding coordinators, and anyone in the position of caring for an elderly parent.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3154-0 Format: 6.14 x 9.21 paperback SRP: $16.95
Genre: Short Stories
About the Author: Ginny Morgan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Chapman College in Orange, California, and has performed in chamber groups, pre-classical ensembles, and symphonies throughout Wyoming and Colorado. After receiving a harp as a gift from her father, she began playing at weddings, something she quickly parlayed into a thriving career. She lives with her husband, Alfie Wolf, also a harpist, in Kilhei, Hawaii.
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