Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Road Bumps

Ok. I’ll admit it, I’m a bit behind. But, hopefully once I’m finished with college applications I’ll have much more time on my hands to focus on my project. As of now, I haven’t done much sitting and writing or recording and I’ve still yet to find a computer music software program. But, I have had time to play around and fiddle with some concepts and ideas on the guitar more and although I haven’t developed any of my songs much I now have song material to work with. I still need to do more research however and I’ll have to spend a lot of my remaining time doing research.

TEDx Youth day

So I recently gave a TED style talk at the Kinkaid school of Houston as part of TEDx Youth day, and it was suggested to me that I write a reflection on the experience and post it to my blog. At first I was ridiculously nervous; I had no idea what I was going to say about music, or how I was going to say it, but I still had plenty of time so I let the TEDx talk sink to the back of my brain. It wasn’t until about two week s before I was scheduled to give the speech that I really started work on it, and this was because I was leaving to Washington D.C. the following week. But, I eventually came up with what I wanted to be my message and from there it was just a matter or fleshing it out. My central message was that people should openly pursue their interest and strive to learn about them so that they can do more with their interest. But, at the same time people should still have a playful, curious and whimsical attitude towards their learning because often times simply playing with something leads to innovation.
The experience itself was very interesting. During the dress rehearsal I felt extremely nervous and was stumbling through my sentences. However, being up in front of the audience the day of was actually nice. It felt good for me to talk about something I cared about and for an audience of people to listen to what I had to say. I no longer felt nervous; I was comfortable in front of the crowd. All in all it was a great experience and I’m very happy that I was selected to participate in the event.

Hopefully I'll be able to provide a link to the viedo once it is available on Youtube. But, if you would like to search for it it will be available at the TEDx Youth Day's Youtube channel.