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 She apparently randomly speaks in third person.

I am pretty dead at the moment. I got home from orchestra camp/retreat/rehearsal thingy at about 6pm tonight, it's now 10pm and I've spent my night vegging on tumblr and such. Feels good just to do something brainless.
The camp was about an hour and a half from my house, up in a small town with no phone reception as I learned the hard way. Which was vaguely annoying, actually, because on Friday night I found out that my grandma had collapsed and was in hospital with heart troubles and I promptly had to leave somewhere where my parents couldn't contact me easily if something happened. She's fine right now, but will probably need a pacemaker.
Anyway, I was a little worried about this camp because I'm not exactly the best of friends with the people I know in orchestra. I get along with them okay in small doses, but not to the point where I can just chat about anything and everything. Mostly we were too busy with rehearsal to have much time to hang out, but last night I just curled up with my book in bed rather than socialise. I regret nothing.
Speaking of rehearsals, it was 12 hours over the two days. We are doing much better than we have been, but this concert is in two weeks. That's it. Next week is going to be insane... I think I counted something like 16 hours of rehearsal spread over the week? EEK. But we'll need it so...

Random aside: because of car trouble (oil leaks yay) I took Mum's car and can I say her car is SO NICE TO DRIVE. I like my car, I liked my old car, but this was just something else. I did get a little sad when I realised that meant no ipod, but I just burnt the playlist I made on Friday (more on that later) and so it was all good.

Apart from that my week has been just me chilling at home, buying uni books, BUYING A VIOLA (that's right, I has one), and hanging out with snuggle_monster - and ending up skyping pebblegosling and just generally being silly. Until I realised that we'd probably wake my family up/piss them off if we kept going.
I finally booked my appointment to get my wisdom teeth checked out (after a year... oops), have organised my lessons for this semester (need to pick some pieces), am going to have Alexander Technique lessons too and have booked one, agreed to learn guitar in exchange for piano lessons for snuggle_monster so I now have a guitar sitting in my room too. I know I'm a muso when the highlights of my week involved buying/borrowing instruments and the promise of learning them.

Lastly, I've been meaning to make a mix of music for my manager at work because I am slowly converting her to my music one artist at a time (Adele, Washington, and Christina Perri were the success stories - passing her 'car test' of being played on repeat when she drives for multiple weeks) and so on Friday afternoon I got around to that. I ended up thinking of it as 'Lauren's music 101' and so I thought that some of you might be interested. It is long, and I do not blame you if you skip past this - but I am going to make a playlist on youtube and link it at the end. Listen in order if you are going to check it out, I worked on that for a while.
This is what I listened to on the way up to the camp. It ranges from favourite artists I've been listening to for a while, to an album I bought last week, but I think it sums up my taste in music pretty well (apart from the distinct lack of classical music and . Also, they are not necessarily my favourite songs by each artist, and there are some favourite artists left off. I was atttempting, for once, to make a cohesive playlist.


Lauren's Music 101

1. Hurt Me – Jezabels
2. There’s Nothing in the Water We Can’t Fight – Cloud Control
3. I Feel It All – Feist
4. Breathe Me – Sia
5. Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
6. White Lines & Red Lights – Between the Trees
7. Location – Freelance Whales
8. Hollywood – Angus & Julia Stone
9. Kiss with a Fist – Florence and the Machine
10. Board the Apartment Up – Seabellies
11. Pencil Full of Lead – Paolo Nutini
12. Bran Nue Dae – Dan Sultan
13. Blood to Gold – Boy & Bear
14. Let Go – Frou Frou
15. Electric Twist – A Fine Frenzy
16. The Great Estates – Freelance Whales
17. The Park – Feist
18. False Alarm – KT Tunstall
19. I Won’t – Colbie Caillat
20. Not Alone – Darren Criss
21. Uncomfortably Slow – Newton Faulkner
22. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
23. Disintegration – Jimmy Eat World
24. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
25. Near to You – A Fine Frenzy
26. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
27. Timshel – Mumford & Sons
28. Spanish Temper – Washington
29. You Could Be Happy – Snow Patrol
30. Laughing With – Regina Spektor
31. Million Faces – Paolo Nutini
32. If I Die Young – Sam Tsui
33. Fearless – Colbie Caillat
34. Changed By You – Between the Trees
35. Samson – Regina Spektor
36. Easy to Love – Jezabels
37. Apartment – Young the Giant
38. Clementine – Washington
39. The Story – Brandi Carlisle
40. Delicate – Damien Rice
41. Air – Ephemera
42. Don’t You – Darren Criss
43. King of Anything (String Version) – Sara Bareilles
44. Won’t Let Go – Newton Faulkner
45. My Body – Young the Giant
Link to the youtube playlist of good quality studio tracks is here. Song title links go to a couple of live performances that I love, mainly because I couldn't help myself.
Enjoy.

Rdm

PS. I just found this youtube channel that is all hd recordings of live shows in Australia. Including the Sydney show of the Jezabels gig I went to in April. *flails*
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