One of the themes that comes up in the 70's is the harp. That instrument sure did get lots of play. With McCaffrey, there are Harpers. In McKillip, there's a harper. And in other books, ones that I don't remember at the moment, harps and harpers play a role. So who am I to buck tradition?
Fitting in a harp seemed impossible, or impractical at first, until I gave the correct character a harp, and then it all got easy. Yenee is something of an internal healer, taking care of your insides far more than your outsides. Giving her a harp gave her hands something to do and felt ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, as if I had created her in order to be a harpist in the first place. Wowsers. So, when I talk about being influenced deeply by the 70's, this is a prime example. I had created a character that waited a whole draft to get the harp that she had been patiently waiting for.
I also learned that Astreans do not like harps. They constantly go out of tune. Thus, the curse of perfect pitch.