Saturday, June 7, 2014
Alright, you read the title, let's do this. What was my overall opinion of twenty time? Well, I didn't really do much, being in a ted event was pretty rad, I was pretty excited at first but it kind of died down in the end, it was a good experience though. What could be adjusted in twenty time? Honestly, I can't think of anything, it's a simple idea, maybe a bit more keeping up on the progress of the project to keep people motivated. What shouldn't be changed? The talks were perfect, that should be fine. Should more classes take up twenty time? It opens up opportunities, so why not? Any advice? Yeah, humor makes a great speech. How was the event and should we host more? I had a lot of fun and I thought it was a great event, a few technical difficulties though, I feel as though without the Ted of it, it kind of loses its luster, perhaps taking a more showing off of the projects angle then it could be more interesting. Well, this is the last blogpost, oh and I talked in the event, I probably should of said something earlier, there will be a video on youtube, tedx channel. So.....*hugs* bye!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I don't really know what else to tell you in these final blog post. I've given my speech, I think it went successfully, Mr. Provenzano seemed to like it so that's good. It was mainly about living for today and living for yourself, not forcing yourself to become what the world wants you to be. Everyone else's speeches have been really enjoyable. I'm not sure if i'll get in to the actual event because everyone's talks have been so good but, I still feel pretty confident that I have a chance. This weekend I didn't really do anything to edit or fix my talk because I was jamming at Techno Fest, but I probably will make some small edits on my slides sometime this week. I'm still taking guitar lessons, but i'm probably going to stop them soon so that I can get a job. Overall, I'm just glad the project is over, its' been fun but sometimes it got really stressful so it's nice to get the weight off my shoulders.
Friday, May 9, 2014
These last two months have been hectic; school work, family things, and stress from all different angles. Due to the recent events, I've come to accept that with the time I have left, I won't be able to complete my 20 time project. I bit off more that I can chew, learning five more instruments and recording an album with them just with a few months. I'm not going to call this a failure, because with the time that I've been given, I did not do nothing. I got so much better at the guitar, I learned some new piano songs, I learned how to play the bass and mandolin at a basic level, and I got a drum set that, honestly, I still am awful at but, I tried. Overall, I did a lot, not my goal, but I worked hard. And this is not the end of my work, I'm not just going to throw this whole project to the curb. There is still so much to do and discover, so much to learn. So for now, I didn't achieve my goal, but tomorrow, we go for gold.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Once again, I have not done much this week BUT, I have a lot planned for next week and possibly coming close to completion on my project. For this week, I just practiced my guitar, drums, bass, mandolin, and drums; not working on anything specific. I went to my guitar lesson where we worked on some jazz melodies. Coming up I will be getting the cover for my album, my idea is to have my friend, Koelzer's, face with tape on his mouth, to keep true to the title. I'm going to be re-recording all of my songs and recording some new ones in an actual studio. And I will be keeping up on the usual work that I do every week. I've been thinking a lot about my speech, and what I've learned from this experience. Opening up opportunities for kids to work on what they enjoy is rare in our schools. We've all heard someone at school say, When are we ever going to use this, why do we spend so much time learning about pointless stuff, or simply, I hate school. Although I don't hate school, I do sometimes feel stressed with it, and being able to come home and say, my homework is making music I want, eased that feeling. Still trying how to make that into a speech....next week, I'll get it next week.
Monday, March 10, 2014
I wasn't able to do much this week due to several events. I had my Orchestra Concert on Saturday, my sisters cheer banquet on Sunday, and all the time in between with other work. I did get to play some of my guitar, and I did have the usual lesson on Tuesday but, besides that, nothing. I also have done some thinking about my speech; I want to connect it somehow with doing what you love, and having more time to do that in your everyday life, instead of being stressed all of the time. Besides that, I'll have more news next week, sorry for the extra small post this week.
Friday, February 28, 2014
This question was asked by our teacher and will be the topic of discussion today. First off, the bad, what have I liked least about my twenty time project, this answer was obvious right off the bat, recording and editing audio. I've mentioned this a bit in my other blogpost, but since I actually started doing it this week, I've found it to be more than a challenge. It would not be as much of an issue if it wasn't for me being by myself, having to record each instrument separately, put it all onto a laptop, and splice it all together to make it sound like actual music. The process has been tedious, and has probably taught me the most, actually. Having to spend so much time fixing three minutes of music really puts a sense of reality on things. Am I really enjoying this? Can I actually make good music? Recording after recording, one after one not working until finally, all the puzzle pieces fit together to make a medley of magic. I can make this work, with the good and the bad, I can make something beautiful out of these pieces of wood and metal, which brings me to the good. Playing the guitar, just lounging around, practicing music I want to play, after a long day I school. There's nothing better than playing guitar for me, no tv or Internet will give me as much joy as that instrument does.
As for what I would change, it has more to do with me than the project itself. I wouldn't have been so lazy from the start, just practicing guitar, nothing else. But I think I'm at a good place right now, I have a few recordings, drafts of original songs, I think everything's gonna work out.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Having a whole week of break sounds nice, but when your'e stuck at home with almost nothing to do, it gets a bit boring. So I dedicated the majority of my break to 20 time. The first thing I did was just another Normal guitar lesson with my teacher, we talked a lot about music theory and worked on more improv. At home, I completely renovated my little pile of instruments into a makeshift studio, including a drum set, two guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, and ukulele. On another note, I began to increase my skill on the piano, playing a lot of random things like Bernie and the Jets by Elton John and some video game songs that I just enjoyed. I put together one of my covers on every instrument, Someday by The Strokes, but I still need to record it, so I'll most likely end up doing that this weekend. I also had a lot of learning I had to do for the drums, so I loaded up some YouTube tutorials and began that process. Of course I've also been considering how my speech is going to go and what it will be about, but I'm still not very far. I think if I learned anything from this project is that people need something to come home to, something to just pick up and have fun with to forget all of their stress and worries. How will I implement that into an 8 minute talk? Well, I'm going to work on that, but for now my main priority is recording all of these songs and getting them onto an album.