03/30/12

Everybody is Listening In

TEDxGreenville gets busy on a live track.

Thanks to Wise, Bolick, and von Frank.

Oh and Happy Anniversary to my wife!

Written and recorded by the TEDxGreenville community live on stage. Freestyle verse and other vocals performed by the ipoetlaureate and crowd.

Music produced by Juicebox Jackson.

TED Talks

[Post Mortem: The day was very special. In so many respects it was the fulfillment of many hopes and dreams. In a few, it was nightmarish. In the middle of my presentation, which had gone mostly to plan, I had an audio issue with my macbook that was unnavigable. It was beyond essentially all the contingencies I had made. I didn’t know whether to scrap the effort entirely or pitch my computer into the crowd — both alternatives to the same effect I suppose. To the absolute credit of Marc Bolick and Aaron von Frank, TEDxGreenville Directors, and many others, I was given grace, reassurance, and most of all time to complete the presentation. All sorts of other problems arose, induced by the first, including a reduction in my headphone volume, which made my freestyle a rambling effort as I tried to hear myself and the measure in the song where it had to be terminated. I was disappointed by failing to deliver a clean piece but overwhelmed by the response of the live and at-home audience. I think in truth the best possible outcome was reached. The A/V hiccup created an authenticity and informality and a connectedness with the very generous audience that might have been wanting in its absence. Those candid moments are what make live music and art singular. My many, many thanks to the immense and voluntary and selfless TEDx staff and team.]

03/29/12

BREAKTHROUGH

That’s the theme of tomorrow’s TEDxGreenville. It might also be what I do to this picture frame window to my right if this week doesn’t end soon.

I present third, in the first afternoon session, immediately after lunch.

I have between 8-10 minutes to perform a song, explain the entire evolutionary history of recorded music, describe song blogging, write and record an entire song on stage, and then publish it to this site. I have calculated, therefore, that I’ll have between 3 and 4 seconds to actually be worried about it all. But, that’s still plenty of time to puke right?

The event is sold out but there are still other great ways to participate. There is a smartphone application available here. And, the event can be livestreamed at TEDxGreenville.org on the day of the event.

If nothing else, check back here around 2:00 pm to hear what we created from stage.

This has been nearly 6 months in the making. I’m so blessed for the opportunity.