A Day in the Life

 
 
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1. How I almost came to work for President Obama...

After giving a talk about the merging of music, media and entrepreneurship, someone came up to congratulate me. He mentioned he was impressed with how I coordinated my story with some snappy visuals.

“I manage the social media initiatives for the Obama administration, and I would like to talk with you sometime.”

He gave me his card. Totally legit.

I thought: finally…Finally, after all my hard work and dedication, the endless hours and sacrifices, something big was about to happen.

“I’m going to work for President Obama; “I’m going to work for President Obama,” I sang.

I met up with him a few days later. 

He told me he was leaving his post with the Obama administration to become a social media consultant, and to please consider hiring him to guide me in that area.

I think that’s what is meant by a “teachable moment.”


2. Was grounded for life as a teenager when I referred to tofu as "prison food," the first time my mother served it for dinner.

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3. Once mispronounced the Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 on live radio. I used medical terminology...


4. Practiced my clarinet in the car while the rest of the family visited some of the most famous museums in France and Italy.


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5. Shares a birthday with Queen Juliana (Holland), Franz Lehar, Alice B. Toklas, Robert Shaw and Mr. Monkey (YouTube star).


6. Used sugarless chewing gum as bait the first time I went fishing (Caught nothing).


7. Has never referred to Leonard Bernstein as "Lenny."


8. Had a Senior VP at NPR and a famous TV and Movie star both ask me, "Who are you?" after close encounters (on different days). It was more like WHO ARE YOU??


9. Once interviewed a conductor in the hallway of his hotel, just outside of his room...there was something or someone he did not want me to see. #whathappensindcstaysindc


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10. Proud to be a Berkeley native. ("There's no place like home.")

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