the stories of a los angeles violinist

around here lately // 009

Added on by Jordan Martone.

in case anyone cares to know, this is how my sister sleeps at my house.

she just. can't. even.

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welcome to an around here lately post! here's what i've been up to, according to photos i found on my phone. ha!

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i spy bernie...

i played with renowned drummer, bernie dresel, and i almost died. what a fantastic musician. joe and i used to see his funk band perform all the time. but alas, i chickened out and didn't introduce myself and tell him how much i love him. i don't know how people say they have no regrets in life. i have a list.

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my sister took me to a publicity event! this was the first one she invited me to and we honestly had the best time together. it's very interesting showing up to a party and literally having everyone in the room stare at you. (except they're staring at your sister mostly, then trying to decide who you are, because you must be somebody... that or they're trying to decide if we're related, because let's be real, we are snow white and rose red. polar opposites.)

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joe surprised me with the present of my life! ever since i watched esteé's old jingle week vlogs where she opened up her body shop advent calendar each morning, i have yearned for one. joe listens. very well. so now, every morning i wake up to the joy of a new body shop product to try.

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a while ago, i got to visit the land of percussion. AKA "cartage". joe stores his large percussion instruments in a warehouse in the middle of nowhere along with all of LA's famous percussionists' things. it's really freaking cool. it's kind of like ollivander's wand shop, but for drums and gear. 

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slocum german christmas candy making has happened! fingers were burned, newbies were scarred, pretty bite-sized jewels were created. if anyone needs to read up on what this experience is, click the link here.

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i got to be a part of a really cool thing this past week! i was called in to sub for the rehearsals for the premiere concert of a new musical group called the hollywood chamber orchestra. it's a fantastic new orchestra bringing more music to LA and i'm so glad i got to be a part of it in a small way. ^mark took this goofy photo of me. thanks, mark!

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what you can't tell from these photos is that martin chalifour was the soloist. he chatted me up backstage. a very cool guy. very dedicated, very disciplined, very down to earth considering he has one of the most successful careers a violinist could possibly have.

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and i got to play at the eastwood scoring stage at warner bros for the first time. (i thought i'd been there before? i was terribly wrong and got terribly lost.) it felt as glorious as i hoped it would.

and that's been around here lately! if you're struggling to get through this week like i am, just remember there's only 9 days until christmas. ah!