Monday, April 20, 2015

The beginning of the end

Now that spring break is over and done with (single tear), it is time to begin thinking about and writing my 20 time speech.  Easy enough, right?  8 minute speech about what you learned over the past school year by doing this project, seems simple.  I'm currently in the "freaking out" phase of the project where I've done all I can, and now I have to find some way to fit it all together and make it all relevant into a short, clean, 8 minute speech.  To be completely honest, I have no idea what I want to speak about for my project.  I could just demonstrate the understanding of music that I've learned over the past few months, but then I feel that my 8 minutes are going to  be a bore-fest of "scales" and "sharps & flats" and things of the like.  There is so much that I felt I did, and you can certainly see the rate of improvement that I've undergone on my instrument during these months, but looking back at it all, I'm honestly underwhelmed at how much I've REALLY accomplished.  Learned to play a handful of songs, continued to hone my technique, and dabbled a little bit in writing a couple of riffs up and down the frets here and there.  My biggest problem with this project, by far, was a lack of motivation to play at all.  I was either in one of two moods this entire 20 time project: extremely involved with my project and was eager to play when I got home, or completely lazy and procrastinating working on my project as long as I could.  As the months dragged on, I felt myself drifting further and further away from my instrument, and I'm very disappointed with myself that I didn't spend more time with it.  That's where I find myself with the project at this point, I have to stream together everything I did into one final speech, and I have no idea where to start.  The weeks to come I know that I'm going to have to be extremely creative with how I decide to go at this, because there are so many different ways to go at a speech like this.  I feel like the only way that I'm going to be able to really think of something to talk about for this is to just sit back, relax, play some guitar, and let it hit me, which is what I plan to do in the next week or two until I can get this whole thing sorted out.