Two Incredible Speeches

I’ve been searching for an inspiration/motivation to write another blog post for the past week or so. I have plenty of topics to write about (coming this week perhaps: recap of the end of basketball season, update on my NCAA Tourney Bracket, other more “meaningful” posts that only come when the moment hits), but I couldn’t seem to find enough motivation to sit down and write. I had the time-don’t get me wrong, I sat around and did nothing all of last week-but those of you who write in any way know the feeling of just not being motivated enough to sit down and do it.

I’ve been making an effort over the past few days to do more reading, though. Reading of anything-blog posts, articles in journals or magazines, books or chapters of books. One of the more interesting forms of communication I have read lately has been two speeches that I came across, and it is these speeches that have finally motivated me to write once again. I won’t say much in the way of analysis or synopsis of these speeches, except to note the circumstances under which the speech was given, and the basic message that each speech sends. I have linked to each speech, which I have posted in it’s own post here on my site. So, without further adieu:

Speech Given by Ron Zell-“A Pink Slip Acceptance” – This speech was given by music educator Ron Zell after receiving his pink slip (“Notice of Recommendation Not to Re-Employ”) in California (Thanks to Kyle Gardner-@kgard on Twitter-for bringing this to my attention)

Speech Given by Karl Paulnack-This speech was given to freshman parents at Boston Conservatory, a day before Paulnack was to address the freshman class as a whole

The speeches differ in tone, but the message is simlar, and I think they sum up the message I hope this blog as a whole can convey to you. I’ll let you read them for yourself to see. If you have any thoughts on the speeches, please feel free to leave them either in a comment to this post, or a comment on an individual speech.

Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Two Incredible Speeches

  1. I think you did the right thing. You can't always force yourself to write text after text. Reading lots of material is one of the best ways to get inspiration. And after all you came up with this blog post. The speeches are nice, too.

  2. Thanks, folks, for stopping by and leaving your thoughts! Reading is something that I'm noticing helps me a lot with my “writer's block,” because it's a lot easier to find inspiration writing about another work, rather than coming up with something from scratch. Granted, it's the “from-scratch” works that define us as writers, but our thoughts on others' works are also important, as is the need to spread great work, so this avenue works out pretty well!

  3. That second speech…WOW…
    Story:
    So, I like saying I've played violin for 14 years…but i leave out the fact that it's been kinda on 'n off since 8th grade. That's when I stopped practicing. I didn't start enjoying violin until sophomore year… And last year when I decided I wanted to go into music, to be totally honest, I thought it was just because it was something that's been with me for pretty much my whole life. I didn't know why it was there after all those years of arguing with parents, showing up to lessons unprepared…

    Anyways, I think I know why now. And hopefully with a strict teacher and a lil inspiration every now n then (like that article), I'll go back to practicing a gazillion hours a day like the good Asian boy I used to be.

    Thanks for the post Andy 😀
    Can't wait for your reflection on the speeches!

  4. That second speech…WOW…
    Story:
    So, I like saying I've played violin for 14 years…but i leave out the fact that it's been kinda on 'n off since 8th grade. That's when I stopped practicing. I didn't start enjoying violin until sophomore year… And last year when I decided I wanted to go into music, to be totally honest, I thought it was just because it was something that's been with me for pretty much my whole life. I didn't know why it was there after all those years of arguing with parents, showing up to lessons unprepared…

    Anyways, I think I know why now. And hopefully with a strict teacher and a lil inspiration every now n then (like that article), I'll go back to practicing a gazillion hours a day like the good Asian boy I used to be.

    Thanks for the post Andy 😀
    Can't wait for your reflection on the speeches!

  5. That second speech…WOW…
    Story:
    So, I like saying I've played violin for 14 years…but i leave out the fact that it's been kinda on 'n off since 8th grade. That's when I stopped practicing. I didn't start enjoying violin until sophomore year… And last year when I decided I wanted to go into music, to be totally honest, I thought it was just because it was something that's been with me for pretty much my whole life. I didn't know why it was there after all those years of arguing with parents, showing up to lessons unprepared…

    Anyways, I think I know why now. And hopefully with a strict teacher and a lil inspiration every now n then (like that article), I'll go back to practicing a gazillion hours a day like the good Asian boy I used to be.

    Thanks for the post Andy 😀
    Can't wait for your reflection on the speeches!

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