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Pocket Princesses 104: Heat Wave

I’m so lucky that I’ve gotten the chance to travel through music. I’ve been to China, Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic with orchestras. A week from today, I’ll be going on the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra’s first tour! We’re starting in Prague, then Vienna, then Bratislava, and finally Budapest. I can’t wait! I think we’re playing 3-4 concerts: Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony No. 3, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10.
Tours are such interesting experiences. They’re different from family trips because it’s usually 100+ people. The last tour I went on was with SFSYO in 2008, and I was 17. I remember meeting a lot of people on tour that I’d never talked to before! It’s kind of embarrassing that I don’t know more people, but being in rehearsal can be like sitting in a lecture hall - you only get to know people who sit near you. I know all the horn players, some of the wind and brass players, and only a few of the string players. It’ll be interesting to travel with everyone for 10 days. A lot of people are staying afterward, which makes sense because the airfare is hideously expensive. I would stay too, but I start anatomy lab and lecture the week we get back. Oh well! I have all of August off from school.
This week, I’m going for a little “staycation” in Moraga to hang out with Taylor, Colton, Chaning, Traci, and my parents. I can’t wait for all the delicious food that’s going to go down…mmm!
I’m so incredibly glad this semester is over. It’s been really hard, and sometimes I question whether I made the right decision. I don’t want to give up, though. I just wish that I had more interest in science. At least I know that the things I’m learning now don’t have much to do with nursing as a career - if I had to do chemistry every day, I’d probably pull all my hair out!
Anyway, welcome back to Kalyn’s travel blog…photos and other posts to come! Countdown starts now ;)


Papercraft, Maud Vantours


New York, NY (The Parts That Matter…)
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Still miss this city!

You just love that woman

So much it’s a shame and a sin

But all the time you know—

She belongs to your very best friend

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Michael Jackson,
The Ultimate Fan Extras Collection


As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

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Happy Sad Songs & Sad Happy Songs

answering the lifelong questions- WILL IT HAPPY?! and WILL IT SAD?!

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“WHY THE [expletive deleted] WEREN’T YOU CAREFUL WITH YOUR [expletive deleted] COFFEE? THIS IS A [expletive deleted] TRAIN! YOU KNOW TO HOLD IT BETTER THAN THAT! I HAVE A [expletive deleted] INTERVIEW, YOU [expletive deleted] KNOW!” she wails.