Deep Under The Vacuum

September 27, 2008

It’s Saturday,
and I was bored,
so I made this.

Title: Deep Under the Vacuum
Artist: John Baylies
Album: Vacate the Area
Genre: Tuba-Trance



Origami Staircase!

September 2, 2008

Well… My origami shelf has died. It hasn’t been updated in a while and so has collected pencils, car keys, a deck of cards, and drill charts. So I started a new project, an origami staircase!

I bought the book Floral Origami Globes a while ago and have been making them on and off ever since! There was no more space on the shelves, so my mom suggested I hang them up. So I did! Here are the pictures:

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BYSO Camp!

September 1, 2008

The first thing I heard about BYSO camp was that it was like boot camp, and I can honestly say that it was nothing of the sort. It was very relaxed, with plenty of free time. The only time I felt stressed was when I rehearsed with Fed, BYS’ conductor, and it was only because of his reputation. I have yet to see or hear any evidence to back this up, although I am kind of looking forward to when the time comes. Hopefully it won’t be me.

I was surprised to find that I was the only tuba player at the camp! I know at least five others tried out, but no one was there. Luckily the low brass instructor was a tuba player! Give it up for Joby Wilson! *applause* He really helped me learn the timing on the last section of The Rite of Spring, and was in general a really great guy. For the second half we had Will Lombardelli. He spent pretty much the whole time on articulation and volume. Our sectionals were based around getting the trombone player to play louder, which she absolutely refused to do. I can safely say that my articulation improved a lot. I went from *boop* to *BAM* and hopefully will later work my way up to *BOOM! crash tinkle* or something of the sort. Did I mention Will is awesome at beat boxing? He sang the opening theme to The Rite of Spring and beat boxed to it. I really wish I recorded it.

I woke up early each day to warm up before breakfast. All of their practice rooms were tiny and made my tuba sound crappy. The only place I could find that gave me a good sound was outside, so I found a spot on a little porch on the back of “The Booth” that sounded nice. I tried not to practice in Alumni Hall too much because it made me sound too good, which would have made my tone suffer. While I was taking breaks in between sections of my Daily Routine I could watch the caterpillars try to climb up the side of the building. It was surprisingly entertaining. Which reminds me. 

Time for an Awkward Moment!

So I was walking down a path through the woods to my cabin and I see this caterpillar dangling from a thread in midair. It looked like it was floating! I looked closer to find out what exactly it was doing and it fell onto the path and just laid still. I poked it to see if it was still alive and it started to wiggle a little bit. So I tried to get it onto my finger so I could move it out of harms way. Then I heard the golf cart. It was coming down the path! I took a leaf from a nearby branch to see if I could lift the caterpillar up with that. But I couldn’t, he kept rolling off! I tried until the golf cart came around the bend and stood up quickly so I wouldn’t have to explain I was trying to save a caterpillar. “Hey John, how are you?” said the person driving the cart. “Good” I said, right when the golf cart rode over the caterpillar. It was less of a social awkward moment and more of an awkward moment with Nature.

To sum it all up BYSO Camp was great! I improved vastly and loved every second of it! (Except that one moment explained above)

✌ J.B.