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A Musician in London: Saying Goodbye


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By Dani Lauren

I’ve finally gotten to my last days in London. I can’t believe how fast this amazing adventure went, but I’m thankful that I got to experience it. I’ve finally come to terms with leaving because I do miss my family a lot. However, I’ll be very sad to leave this city. It has become my home and even though I know I’ll always have it to come back to, I’m not so sure when I’ll be landing at Heathrow Airport again. Hopefully that will not be too far into the future.

I loved every minute working for Kobalt Music Group. They are such a wonderful company and they really have done so much for writers. I feel so lucky to have been a part of their world for the past six months and I will take everything I learned from them with me through the rest of my career in the music industry. Everyone I worked with really helped me feel at home here in London and for that I am forever grateful. This experience would have been a whole lot harder if nobody had taken me in.

Another thing I have to take with me from my six months in London was the completion of my third EP, which will be available on my website later this summer. I had a great time working with the guys at Resident Studios and I think this is going to be the best EP yet. I can’t wait to share it with you all so please check back into my Facebook page and website in August to hear the new songs!

As my journey here comes to an end and I’m starting to pack up my apartment to get ready to leave, I keep looking back on everything I’ve seen and accomplished with a smile. Who knew that I could move almost 4,000 miles away by myself and take on a major international city. I’ve traveled to three different countries and took even more day trips around England, all while working my first full-time job. The most important lesson I learned here is that if you want something you should just do it. I’ve always wanted a great adventure but wasn’t sure if I could stand being away from home. I now realize that this was only the beginning. So goodbye for now, London, and know you’ll always have my heart.

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Travel

A Musician in London – Two Abbeys: One Day


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By Dani Lauren

London in the summertime is gorgeous. The weather has been amazing, around 70 degrees every day this past week, and it’s barely rained despite its reputation for being gray and wet all the time. Of course just as it’s warming up I’m getting ready to leave, but I’m trying to soak up every ounce of London sunshine that I can.

This past weekend I crossed two things off my London Bucket List in one day. I started out the day visiting the famous Abbey Road crossing with a friend of mine and ended the day by attending an organ recital in another Abbey, Westminster. Abbey road was just as I expected it to be. There were a bunch of tourists trying to take their pictures while the locals just honked their horns in anger at them for holding up the traffic. If I lived in that area I’d probably avoid the street at all costs, but that day I was excited to be acting as the tourist. As cheesy as it sounds it actually felt amazing to cross that street. It’s really just a crosswalk, and if you didn’t know any better you wouldn’t even notice it next to all of the other crosswalks in London, but I’m glad I got to see it. It took me almost six months, but I finally walked in the footsteps of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

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After saying goodbye to my friend I decided to go over to Westminster Abbey to watch the choir sing. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that the choir sang at 3 pm instead of 5 because it was the weekend, but I was lucky enough to catch an organ recital by a very talented man named David Goodenough. He played four pieces, but my favorite had to be “Elegy in B flat” by George Thalben-Ball. I’ve seen a couple of organ recitals before and usually the pieces played are very loud, but this piece was eerily quiet. Goodenough made the organ sing and it should have been a very peaceful moment for me listening to him play, however the woman next to me was fanning herself obnoxiously through the entire performance. I think towards the end it was just to spite me, it wasn’t even hot in there! Hopefully I can make it back to hear the choir sing before I leave though because the inside of Westminster Abbey is beautiful and I can’t imagine how angelic a choir would sound in the hall.

With only three more weeks left I’m starting to think about packing up and getting ready to come home. My London Bucket List has so much crossed off and only a few things still left to see. If I don’t get to everything, I guess that’s just another reason to come back though!

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A Musician in London: From the Studio to Stonehenge


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By Dani Lauren

I’m in the final stretch! Just one month left until I hop on a plane to Munich to meet up with my family for summer vacation. But before I leave this wonderful city behind, for now, I still have a lot to do, so hopefully this month doesn’t fly by too fast. Next week I finally get to go into the studio for the final mixing on my acoustic EP. It’s sounding really good so far so I can’t wait to share it all with you this summer! Check back into my Facebook page for the release date around mid-July for more details.

My last day in the studio was one of the most productive recording days I’d ever had. At the start of the session my throat felt a bit tight but all that was left to do were the lead vocals so I didn’t really have a choice but to push through. Even though I was certainly determined to sing all five songs, my voice wasn’t really feeling it. It was pretty early in the morning and I hadn’t really gotten a chance to use my voice in a while, the walls are pretty thin in my dorm room. For some reason I got the idea in my head that if I ate a spoonful of honey I’d get my voice back. Unfortunately the only honey they had was that really gross raw stuff, but it worked like a charm and I got my full voice back within seconds! I’m definitely going to use that whenever I have to sing in the future. We knocked out all five songs with harmonies in eight hours!

Other than working on the EP I’ve also gotten the chance to travel a bit more around England. Over Memorial Day Weekend a friend and I took a twelve-hour tour around Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. I’d already gone to Bath, but I really wanted to see Stonehenge and Windsor so I was pretty excited about it. My favorite part of the day would have to be Stonehenge though. You hear about it all through high school in history class and it’s just one of those places that I had been dying to see for as long as I can remember. Finally getting to see it was such an awesome experience. It’s in the middle of nowhere; you actually have to take a shuttle bus two miles away from the visitor center to see it so it was a really nice city break. It was also sort of eerie, with huge black crows flying all around. All in all it was definitely an interesting experience and I’d definitely recommend making the trip to see it.

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It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks coming up, but hopefully that means I’ll have a lot of interesting things to share with you all. I have a few more concerts to go to, some fun London summer events to get tickets for, and I still haven’t taken my picture crossing the street at Abbey Road! What musician comes to London and doesn’t take that tourist picture? I hope I can get to do everything I set out to do before I leave!