A Night at the Orchestra

My camera has been able to allow me to meet tons of interesting people and witness events that I would never had experienced if I was not taking photos. In January, I had the privilege of taking photos for Musicopia, a non-profit that brings music education into the classrooms of Philadelphia schools. Over the past thirty years, children have been able to be exposed to music despite the cuts in funding for the arts due to drastic school budget cuts over the years. I learned about the organization through my friend Erica, who is the Marketing Manager for Musicopia. I encourage you to learn more about Musicopia and find out how you can keep music in the classroom! 

To raise money for their program, Musicopia held a special fundraising dinner where the internationally renown English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mark Laycock, performed with students taking part in the Musicopia experience. The following night, the English Chamber Orchestra performed again at the Kimmel Center, which I was graciously given a ticket by the Musicopia for my photography. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the fundraising dinner, and of the performance! 

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Throwback Thursday- Songs from the 2000s I Will Never Remove from my iPod

open280My iPod is my pocket-size mood regulator. It’s constantly with me to ensure that no matter what situation I am in, there is a soundtrack to see me through. Even when I was a kid, I was the queen of mix BDs (yes, my generation was slightly after the mix-tap trend). Through wonderful, illegal websites like Kazza, Morpheus and Bear Share- I was able to be introduced to so many songs and artists. Yes, I know that artists suffered loss of profits but because of these sites I was able to deepen my appreciation of music for free. At least kids these days have Youtube.

200_sRight now my iPod is 32g, which gives me a ton of space to load up my eclectic music collection. When I need to relax at night, I organize my iTunes music library and create playlists based moods. When I’m feeling nostalgic, it’s time to turn on one of my ‘time era’ playlists. This includes the early years (90s), middle school drama (2000-2003), teen age angst (2004-2007) and college throwbacks (2008-2011). Each playlist brings back feelings that make the past super vivid. Some songs hold special memories of my favorite nights spent with people that are no longer in my life. Others remind me of the simple days of dancing around in my childhood bedroom, belting at the top of my lungs without the consideration of my parents or neighbors.

In honor of Throwback Thursday this week- here are some of my favorite 2000s songs that I will never delete from my iPod. And I guarantee after reading this list, you will be adding a few of these selections to your own library!  Continue reading