the stories of a los angeles violinist


Added on by Jordan Martone.

the time has come, the last final has been taken, the last classes have been attended, my red and white tassel has been purchased, i cleaned out my violin locker, i'm ready to graduate.

*all my apple devices keep wanting to autocorrect tassel to hassle?!?*

the picture below is my official graduation picture. i chose to not walk at graduation this year, which i discovered is a very unpopular decision amongst my peers. for me, it was a no-brainer. i had my senior recital just 3 weeks ago, and all my close friends and family came down from all areas of california to support me. to ask my family to do that again, not a month later to see a little speck of a person walk across a stage amongst a sea of other graduates and grumpy parents, seemed ridiculous. also, graduations at CSUN are notoriously sweltering. even though my department would walk at 8am, the ceremony takes a little over 2 hours, and by 10am, it's already 90-degrees. i don't want to sit through that in my black-trashbag and i don't want to put my family through that either.

it would make me much happier to meet up over the weekend and get a celebratory wet burrito.

*fun fact: joe was planning to walk at his graduation but he got called to play on american idol for that year's winner, phillip phillips. a huge gig that he still gets royalty checks from 3-years later. so, he didn't end up walking. ha!


i was driving past campus the other night and i realized that it was one of the last times i would drive past the iconic CSUN noodle art. i remember seeing it the first time i came to CSUN, for my college audition as a senior in high school. i was terrified of such a big campus, but i found it to feel surprisingly homey. i had this weird thing about touring colleges where i knew within 5 minutes of setting foot on the campus if it was the right place for me or not. long beach? that was an overwhelming "no". i can't explain it much other than just knowing that i was not meant to be there. but, CSUN spoke to me. and even though i thought i was destined for the colburn school, i know now that CSUN suited me perfectly. if it wasn't for CSUN, i wouldn't have studied with professor ferril, i wouldn't have made the extraordinary connections i have now, i wouldn't have performed with the debut orchestra and john williams, i wouldn't have recorded on john daversa's newest big band album, and most importantly, i wouldn't have met joe. 

i'm closing this chapter of my life: jordan the student, and turning to a new page: jordan the wife and violinist.

oh, and did i mention that i finished college on my 22nd birthday? 

best. birthday. gift. ever.