Video | Bay Area harpist Destiny Muhammad took the long way around

There was a life-changing moment in Destiny Muhammad’s childhood courtesy of a musical comic. She wandered into the den of the family’s home in Compton, California, to find an episode of “I Love Lucy” playing on TV with guest star Harpo Marx sitting down at the harp to play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” 

“He made it look fun and it was beautiful,” Muhammad recalled. “And I was just like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’” 

It would take another career and a couple decades before Muhammad ever actually got a harp of her own or even learned to play one. But that Harpo Marx-inspiration eventually rang true — a life where she found herself sitting down at the harp to play with symphonies, in historic halls with top musicians in front of appreciative fans. Somewhere in her ambling trajectory, Muhammad came to a truth.

“I don’t care how old you are, if you are still alive and some level of mobility, go dig up that dream,” Muhammad said. More…

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