I was recently mesmerized by this amazing video of a man playing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring on wine glasses (also, known as a glass harp when assembled in this manner):
But it’s not just a man on the street corner in Virginia who can do this:
It also made me think about how something like this must could about today. In our modern form of musical development, most of us don’t just sit around and figure stuff like this out or come up. If we want to learn an instrument, we typically select an instrument that has been well-developed through the years and take lessons and learn to read music. Of course, the glass harp has been around since 1741, and maybe before then in unknown form. It’s not new, just rare.
But how often do we hear of a new instrument being invented and popularized in our country? There are lots of other rare instruments and electronic versions of older instrument. And then, there’s the theremin. (And I realize, there are people who can make music and rhythm out of just about anything.)