Thursday, May 29, 2014

20 Time Talk

       It's just so crazy to think that this is one of my last weeks of school. The entire year, project, and class went by so fast. To think that I was so stressed out about this project and so worried about what may happen is almost comical to me. Looking back, I realize how much I have truly looked from this project and its so amazing. This all may sound corny or cliché but I am beyond thankful that I got this opportunity to be apart of 2O Time. It has taught me much more than I ever thought it was going to be about. I did my talk today and I really enjoyed myself... after. Before I got on to speak I can not even begin to explain to you how nervous I was. I didn't think I'd be as nervous as I was speaking in front of just one class, but I was. When I got up there I realized the hardest part was just the start, it was the awkwardness in the beginning that frightened me the most. After the first couple minutes I was a lot more comfortable and talking in front of my class began to be fun. I thought I portrayed the message of changing your "impossible" into your "possible".
     I am extremely excited because I am finally recording my album tomorrow. Jim has a friend named Tim who has is own recording studio in his house. Jim contacted Tim and Tim was nice enough to give me the opportunity to record. I am recording 3 of my own written songs and will be putting most likely two cover songs on this album if we have enough time to do so. I will be driving out there with my mom tomorrow and will get there around 7. I honestly have no idea as to what I should expect. I don't know if  it has any type of professional feel to it or whether it is completely  professional. I've never met Tim nor have I talked to him so I honestly have no idea as to what I am getting myself into, but I am very excited about it. I guess another thing that I love about this project is the fact that I have experienced so many unknown things that I never saw myself doing. I would never think that I could have achieved everything I have so far. I will be selling this album on a CD soon after I am done recording.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

       As the school year is coming to a finish everything is beginning to pile up. And for this project things are beginning to pile up as well. I have been talking to my mentor Jim and we've decided we are going to record in a few weeks at maximum. The studio that I will be recording at is out in South-field. My mother and I will be spending the weekend there at a hotel and most likely we will recording all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As of now the date we have set is the weekend of the 30th of May. We will most likely be only putting my music on a CD, although if the opportunity comes to upload my music to iTunes I will definitely follow through with that. Aside from the recording situation we are also planning a trip to Nashville as I have said in my previous posts. The set day that we have planned for Nashville is July 20th, and we would most likely go for a week or so.
     Last week as I was coming home from school I saw huge brown package on my front door. Assuming it wasn't for me I didn't bring too much attention to it. A few days went by and it was still on my front door in which was unusual due to that fact that my mom is usually a freak about getting her packages. So, I decided to check it out. On the box was written "To: Abigail Warren From: Your Uncle Wheels". I was beyond confused as to what he sent me and why he sent me. Well as I opened it up I found out that he had surprised me with a brand new Martin X series guitar. In a few blog posts back I wrote about how I visited Colorado. Well in Colorado my uncle and I went shopping and ran across a guitar store. I fell in love with the Martin guitar but had not idea that he was going to buying me it. He knows all about my music career and said that I deserved to have an upgrade.
      For my Ted Talk things are getting very difficult. I know exactly what I want to talk about and why I want to talk about it but I am not exactly sure as to how I am supposed to lay it all out. I have already wrote out about 6 rough draft layout plans but none of them are living up to my expectations to what I want to my speech to be about.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This past week I've been in Arizona on my spring break with my grandparents. I took a break from all the craziness of our world and just spent time with not only my family but myself.  I really just took my time and thought about life. Now, that may sound a bit cheesy or like a cliché but I really did. Looking back on this year I think that I finally figured out what I want my talk to be about. I realized that through this entire project I never gave up, and I think that's what has gotten me so far in this project. I put in all the effort I had to reach my goal and slowly day by day I am getting there. There were definitely some major obstacle that I faced throughout this project but each problem I faced I never gave up, I kept pushing through it. Not only in this project did I do this, but I began to put in this effort into all the things that I wanted to achieve, and it has continued to help me dramatically. For my talk I really just want to focus on the idea that you can do anything that you set your mind to. I want people to understand that you can truly do anything you set your mind to. And you can't let anyone tell you differently.
Aside from the talk, Jim got in touch with my again about going down to Nashville. He is taking a trip down there during the summer with a few of his co-writers and asked for me to join the trip. I am really wanting to go down there for some time this summer I am just hoping my mom will be on board as well.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This past Thursday night, my mentor Jim, got me a position to sing and play my guitar at a restaurant called Rochester Mills Brewery. It was such an incredible experience and although this may sound cliché, I learned a lot. Before I went on stage I don't think I could explain the nervousness I was feeling in my body. I felt so short on my breath and my hands were sweating unnatural amounts. Before I went on, I told my dad that I wanted to back out. And he looked at me and said, "I'm bot going to force you to do anything you don't want to do but give me one reason why you won't go out there and play." And I was going through all the different possibilities in my head and then I stopped and realized that I would never get another chance like this. I realized that in the end, it wouldn't matter if I completely embarrassed myself, because I took a chance that was worth taking. Well, it turned out that it all went very well actually and I couldn't of been more proud of myself for not giving up.

I also realized that if there is something that I truly want in life, that I have to go get it. I have to put all of my effort into it as well. Not 50%, not 75%, I need to put my 100% effort into it. What I have learned is that if you want to be successful you can be successful, but you have to be willing to do everything in your power to get to where you want to be. That's what I believe separates achievers from dreamers. I think that there are so many people that sit around dreaming and wanting their dream and they may work for it but they don't work hard enough. If you want something, you need to go get it with everything you have. "Most of us want to reach our goals, but we don't want them as much as we want to be cool, we don't want them as much as we want to fit in, we don't want them as much as we want to party, some of us don't want them as bad as we want to sleep in." I heard a quote like that somewhere but I cant exactly remember where but it has stuck with me. It's a quote that we should all live off of.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Got to get going

      This past couple weeks, reality truly set in for me. I didn't realize how close I was to on end of the year. So, in order to be able to complete my project I decided to cut my song number down to three songs instead of 5 due to the fact that songwriting is much harder than I thought it would be. I got in touch with my mentor and told him how we needed to record the songs soon. He then responded and informed me that he knows a few of really good studios down in Nashville and that we could possibly record down in Nashville rather than here in Detroit. At first, I didn't understand why we wouldn't just record here but I realized that if  I were to go down to Nashville I could be exposed to a great singing experience. Along with my membership in NSAI, I am allowed to have 2 meet-ups with the head songwriters for the program. So, I was thinking that if I was able to take this trip down to Nashville, I could do those meet-ups that come along with my organization. Although I am really stoked about this whole idea, my parents aren't necessarily on the same thinking path as I am. They don't think that it is necessary for me to go down to Nashville to record. And they're right. It is not necessary but, it would be an experience of a life time. The more they keep telling me that it wont happen, the more of a desire I have to find a way to make this trip work.

        I think the point of following what you want to do is the most important thing. I believe that if there's a will there's a way. It's not just about following what you want to do but going after what you want to do. In order to get to where you want to go, you need to be willing to sacrifice some things. If you really want to get somewhere in life, you can get there. I believe that no one can tell you what you can and cannot do. Not even your parents. Now, that may sound bad but it's the truth. I want to take this trip to Nashville and experience this opportunity but my parents told me no. But I will not let that one answer dictate my future. Along the journey to get to your goal you're going to be told "no", they're going to say "you can't", people my tell you "that's just unrealistic" or "that's not possible". But you can't let those words dictate your future, just as I won't let those words decide what my future will bring. I don't exactly know how I will convince my family that this trip is important but I know that I will find a way to get them to have an open-mind to this idea.

          As of right now I am only on my second song. Even typing that stresses me out. I have another entire song to write which is not going to be easy. Writing a good song is not easy. At all. I am making a short term goal that by the end of this week I will have my last song be outlined. I will most likely meet  with Jim the week after this week and hopefully will be able to wrap up everything and get the details about Nashville

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Reflection

            I think 20Time is the best project I have experienced throughout all my years of schooling. 20Time allows us kids to focus on the things we love and truly want to peruse rather than focusing on what we are told to peruse. To me, the project as a whole is outstanding. My singing career has gotten much further than I ever thought it could go. Its so amazing to see that if you really put your time and effort into something that you love, you can go places. If there's a will there is a way. 20Time is an escape for me. It lets me do something for myself. I love that every Friday we get the chance to work on it in class. It I something that I actually look forward to at school, which is weird to say. Different obstacles have gotten in the way of  this project but that's what I love about this project. Its realistic. Not everything you do is going to run smoothly. Another thing that I love about this project is that I jumped to the unknown in a way. I didn't really have any clue what I was doing.  I just picked what I wanted to do my project on and I dove right in not knowing where to begin. But, that's what makes this have so much variety. It shows me that everyone has different goals and everyone has different ways of getting to their goals.
           Although this project has such amazing aspects there are some downfalls. Sometimes in my project I feel almost stuck and don't know where to go. I don't think that there is anything that can be done to change that, but I think that everyone who is doing this project has probably struggled with this from time to time throughout this project. At times I  am not really sure what to do with the project just because I am not sure to where I want to go next to go with it.
          To be honest I would not change anything in my project so far. That is not because everything has gone smoothly but is because all the obstacles that I have gone through. I think all those obstacles where put there by God for a reason. I don't think I have any regrets with what has been placed in this project because I've learned a lot from it all.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Break from Reality

This past week I've taken a total break from my life and my reality. I tried to put every situation that had been occurring in my life out of the picture. I went down to Florida to visit my grandparents. When putting all these issues aside, I realized how amazing life really is. I know that may sound cliche and almost cheesy but it's the truth. I realized how much there is out there that is so unknown to us. Many people in Grosse Pointe, my home town, are a set on going to college in state and having a family and returning to Grosse Pointe for the rest of their lives. And, if that's what you want to do, that's completly lay fine. I just think that we are all so set on doing what we've been taught to do. To do homework a certain way, to do a spot a certain way, to follow a certain religion because that's what your parents follow, to grow up a certain way, to go to high school the same way, to go to college to same way, that the only way to get a job is if you go to college, that we might have to dress a certain way, and that you might even have to play an instrument the same way. But I've realized that's all wrong. We don't have to do anything a certain way. There are so many options in the world but we choose to shut them out because it's not what we've learned or it seems in possible. But I don't think anything is on possible. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13. If you are not religious, then this qoute from the bible May not apply to you, but I believe anything is possible. So why not choose those other options or those different ways? 
I brought my guitar down to Florida, and played it from time to time. I understood that I could take my own advise. Why should a play an instrument this way? Why do I have to make a song this way? Why do I have to make an album tho way? Why do I have to learn guitar this way? I began questioning myself. I don't know exactly how I'm going to change my ways of playing or change the ways of doing my project but I know that it's gonna be something that is unknown to me and unknown to everyone but I'm going to make it known