Arts and Letters

ALL HARPS INTERMEDIATE TO LOWER INTERMEDIATE  –   original songs in a variety of styles based on translating the English alphabet into the western music alphabet. Depending on your choice, you will either receive a physical Book/CD combination via USPS, or a downloaded PDF book with mp3 sound files.  These songs are creative and expressive.




Patricia Lee Ruston
1940 –2010

Patricia Rushton was a forward-thinking, traditional music and Celtic harp lover. She loved finding nearly forgotten music and bringing the almost lost melodies into today with her own contemporary arrangements. She also performed, taught and wrote music of her own in Santa Barbara, California. This Arts & Letters collection includes many of Patricia’s original music that are based on a simple technique that translates the English alphabet into the western music alphabet. She used this technique as a source of inspiration for each of the tunes in this collection.

Table of Contents
The Technique
Carolynian Air
Catha’s Hornpipe
Dr. Joe in F
Ejé Invention
Ejé’s Song
The Farris Transition
Joe’s Jig in G
Mother’s Lullaby
Norman and Patricia
Norman and Patricia Harp (L hand L speaker, R hand R speaker)
Norman and Patricia Cello (Harp L speaker, Cello R speaker)
Planxty Harriet
Robert’s Roost
Robin’s Hood

The Last Letter
From Eje Lynn-Jacobs: Arts & Letters is the final of three publications for harp music compiled by Patricia Lee Rushton. Open the Door Softly (2005) is Patricia’s first CD and
songbook publication, and Songs for the Small Harp (2011) is a songbook collection of arrangements that Patricia wrote for the small harp. This third book
introducing Patricia’s original music has been a labor of love for me, and the fulfillment of a promise that I made to Patricia near the end of her life. It is my
honor to present her music to the world.

In addition to the computer-generated play-along CD that accompanies this book, (or the PDF download book with mp3 sound files), Patricia’s music from Arts & Letters is available as acoustically performed sound recordings using a collection of excellent musicians from across California. You can purchase the “live” Arts & Letters CD on iTunes,  and other music retail outlets.

All of Patricia’s proceeds from the recordings and songbooks go to the Patricia Rushton Harp Scholarship Fund. Ejé Lynn-Jacobs | Sound Transformation Network |

If you purchase the PDF/MP3 combination, it is zipped into a folder containing the sound files and the digital book.  This folder is 91MB.  Please be aware of its size.

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Downloadable Product Information

Here at Melody’s we offer a wide array of music books and accessories.  In the music book category, you may have a choice between PDFs (or MP3s) and paper books. If there is a choice, you are required to click either the paper version or PDF version before you can put an item into your cart. There should be no shipping charge for download music.  If there are physical products in your cart at the same time, your total will reflect shipping for those physical items.

Products that are download only will have a narrow blue banner toward the top of the description.   Products that are only available as physical/paper will not have a choice for you to make in order to add to your cart, nor will they have the narrow blue banner signifying download only.

After you check out, you are directed back to your receipt where you can download your music. Also, you will receive an email thanking you for your order with links that will take you to your downloads. Please add to your approved e-mail list. If you do not receive an e-mail within a few minutes after you place your order, check your spam folder.

If you created an account with us, you can also find your downloads by going to “My Account” and clicking on the “Downloads” link.  We highly recommend that you create an account so that you can refer to your order history whenever you want.

Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”. 

If you have a problem with your downloads, please contact us at  for assistance. Because our website contains so many titles, on occasion we have overlooked uploading a PDF here or there.  When you notify us of this, we make the correction immediately.  Please note that downloads are not “returnable.”


Depending on your computer settings, when you click on your download link, 1 –  it may open automatically, 2 – it may go into your “downloads” folder, or 3 – your computer may prompt you to “save as”.  If you can’t find your PDF, look in your “downloads” folder first.  The title of the PDF may not match the title of the book, so you may want to change the title to what you will remember. After you have located your download, please either remember that it is in your “downloads” folder, or better yet, move it to another folder on your computer with a name that you will remember.

Your respect of the copyright laws will help support the musicians and arrangers who created this music, and will encourage more harp music to be produced in the future. Please do not make multiple copies to pass on to others. You can help keep downloadable harp music viable and available by encouraging your students, friends, and relatives to purchase their own copies. Thank you for your assistance in this endeavor.


On our website,, we offer a wide selection of paper and download music. We were always in a quandary about publications having several parts, or that include sound files. After realizing that we can place multiple files into one folder and “zip” it up, we are now able to offer book + cd options.

What we do: sound files and the PDF book are placed into a folder and zipped. The zipped folder is inserted into the product on the back end of the web site.

What you receive: after you purchase, you receive a zipped folder. This is a folder that literally has a picture of a zipper on it, indicating there is more than one document in the folder.

What you do with it: Generally by double clicking on the folder, it automatically opens up. The challenge lies in whether or not you have a program that unzips these folders. If you do, it is as simple as double clicking and the contents are revealed. Alternately, you can right click on the folder, which brings up choices, one of which is “open with” – you then click on your unzip program.

If you don’t have a program to unzip your files you’ll have a challenge! Recently I bought a small laptop for my zoom lessons. This laptop did not come with winzip, or any other kind of program that unzips these folders. The computer kept wanting me to purchase winzip for $29.  I found another program that does a great job, and it is free. 7-zip unzips all my compressed (zipped) folders! It is open source and you can find out more here:

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