Eric & Polly Rapp: News
Moving to Minnesota - April 30, 2013
This summer we will be moving to Green Isle, Minnesota, a small town (population around 550!) a bit west of Minneapolis, where we expect to stay put for at least a few years. We will probably be there by August--look for us at St. Paul's Lutheran Church!
10th anniversary for our first CD! - January 24, 2013
Do you realize this year is the tenth anniversary of the release of our first CD, I'll Remember You, Love, in My Prayers? So much has happened over those years. When we started planning the album, we didn't have a daughter. Now she's in third grade. We belonged to a different congregation and denomination. We lived in a different state. We had different career plans. A bunch of our loved ones were still living who have now left us. But through it all, we've had our music and our musical friends to keep us company. And we've had the One who made us, redeemed us, brought us together, and gave us every good. Definitely worth celebrating.
Farewell to Dennis Den Hartog - 1948-2013 - January 6, 2013
Back in Fort Wayne! - August 13, 2012
uh--happy new year?! - January 30, 2012
Moving again! - May 4, 2011
One of the nice things about the move is that our travel path from there to Eric's folks' can run through Coshocton, Ohio, home of one of our very favorite music shops--Wildwood Music!
URL change - January 2, 2011
Happy New Year! - January 1, 2011
Music stores - August 31, 2010
When we finally got there, we felt like we were in a mall, not a music store. We almost missed the instrument shop entirely--from the big corridor where we entered, it looked like just a drum shop. Where are the guitars? we wondered. Walking past display windows full of trophies, we found a few digital pianos, indoor amusements, including game tables and two big putting greens, and the café. A small book-and-sheet-music shop was obvious, and the wall map showed where the big auditorium, huge warehouse, conference room, classrooms, and such were located.
Turns out that the drum display was the entrance to the instrument area. One small room for acoustic guitars, another small room for electric. Maybe a half-dozen instruments each by several different makers--many mounted so high they could not be lifted down without a ladder.
Apparently Sweetwater does most of its business by internet and phone, or you can have a salesperson get stuff from the warehouse for you to look at. That's all right, I guess...kind of a Home Depot for musicians--but it sure isn't the way I shop for instruments!
I'd rather drive two hours north to Elderly Instruments, where they have DOZENS of guitars (AND dobros, dulcimers, banjos, mandolins, violins, ukeleles, harps, etc.--none of which were in evidence at Sweetwater) right where you can reach them, and you can try one after another to your heart's content.
I guess there just aren't that many folkies around here--Sweetwater seems to cater to the mainstream rock-pop-jazz-blues crowd. I'm sure they do what they do very well--it's just not very pertinent to what WE do. I couldn't even buy single guitar strings to use on my dulcimers...had to go to Guitar Center for that!
Possible bogus Web sites - August 30, 2010
We suspect it's just a ploy to get us to fork over the money to register these ourselves, but if these do actually become Web sites, rest assured we have nothing to do with them. www.ericandpollyrapp.com is our ONLY authorized site.
Greater Rochester Heritage Days fun - May 29, 2010
We got to see a bunch of old friends and meet new ones--some we'd only "met" online up to then. We might even get invited back next year! Thanks to everyone for coming out and supporting us--it was great to see you.
After the festival, we drove on north for a couple lakeside days with my folks, who'd taken Lauren with them. All in all, over six hours' driving and several more sitting around playing music--well worth the drive!
Dr. Veith Highlights "More Than Enough" - March 27, 2010
Interestingly, Eric has had a copy of Dr. Veith's book The Spirituality of the Cross, which includes a chapter on the subject, for a number of years and may have been reading it around the time he was writing the song.
CD Baby donating profits to Haiti relief - January 22, 2010
If you're not shopping for CDs right now, you might prefer to donate directly to one of our favorite relief organizations, Lutheran World Relief.