Harpin’ with th…Harper … The Rock Opera

This website is an ongoing story in the making of a rock opera. The author and main character is a Canadian-Celtic Granny elder who does art and takes life one day at a time, juggling ideas and trying to find her place in a strange modern world. Her silent and sometimes faithful companion is an Irish Magpie named George.

MaggieQuinn is the eternal youth that Granny hardly experienced and never really wished to leave behind but leave she finally did, and Maggie found herself frozen in nowhereland somewhere between the wishful dreaming states of wannebe and might-have-been. Maggie was the one always looking forward. Grannie is the one now looking backward. Grannie is crazy for Peace.


Working on it George …
Ever heard of cold calling, George?
Or would that be cold calls?
No matter.
All amounts to the same thing … Hustlin … Long enough and hard enough and if you don’t give up in despair … Eventually …

No, George … Besides … what’s the use in getting discouraged?
But I’ve already shown you 9 pieces … Did you not like even one, George?
Yes, George I know you can get pictures already matted and framed at Wall-mart for under $25.00

And I understand … you want to be sure you get the most bang for your buck. And you really only are interested in artists with a NAME.

This Granny has been working very very hard. Did you like not even one of the nine I showed you? There are only so many years left George … I cannot go on forever doing art and never getting paid. You think I’m not working hard enough at it? My art is not good enough … You think I’ve just not tried hard enough … Not really worked my arse off?

Hmmm … Well … A person only has so much arse they can work off … If you get what I mean … OK OK OK … one #10 coming up … Will that be with or without?

Ok … Here you are … One #10

First let me tell you a little story … Happened yesterday … Not an auspicious day overall … I was busy cleaning … No time to work at my sound sculpture … Did receive some comments … Favourable? Hmmmm … One person appeared to like it … Said it was just the idea he needed … Would copy it to fill an empty space in his house … Money? … Money, did you say? As in … Did he offer to pay me for using my idea? What do you think, George?

Sigh … Ok here is #10

Artwork by MSO



What’s that, George?
You have a funny story, you say? You want to build it into our rock opera?
As I understand, it is a story about some character who would lure cats into a garden … then when they got close enough …

George’s story:
Here kitty kitty … Here kitty kitty … Numnums … Nice kitty …
Ohhh poor kitty … LOL … Did that hurt?

George, that was not funny. Yes George, I realize your story idea is no worse than what we might see in some of the movies which are classified as comedies.

George, “no worse” is not good enough.

Besides, George, I’m really busy hustlin’ these days. Not much time to work on the rock opera.