THIS MONTH IN Discoveries
by Joseph Tortelli
Harriet Schock's composing tugs at the
heart and lingers in the mind. With spare-yet-satisfying instrumental and
vocal accompaniment, the elegant pianist proves herself a riveting concert
performer on Harriet Schock Live From Fairfax To Pasadena. Striving for
nuance in an age of excess, she connects her crystalline voice to "Worn
Around the Edges." a delicate
second-chance love ballad, and "Hers,"
a tender ode to her sister. With a hint of the Texas drawl that adds sparkle
to her storytelling, Schock talks about the coffee shop encounters that
triggered the swinging "Starbucks," an anthem for caffeinated Americans.
Infusing the timeless movie line
"Rosebud" with a touching intimacy, the
pianist creates a song that stirs new
impressions with each listening. Like
the film that inspired it, Schock's "Rosebud" belongs among the standards.