Friday, January 30, 2009

Winter Wonderland

In high school, you always wish for snow so you can get as many snow days as possible, without going over the limit of course. But now that I am in college, school cancellations are few and far between. This week we got a lot of snow and one day off. My brother, a junior in high school, is on his third.

Fortunately, I live close to school, so driving isn't too bad for me. This week has gone by without incident so far. I had one accident in november. I was going to school one morning. It was raining so I wasn't expecting any trouble, but I had hit a spot of black ice and slid off the road. I don't go that way anymore.

My driveway is probably the worst surface I drive on. It's a sheet of ice. The road I live on is also pretty bad. Other than that, It's just downtown Granville and 16.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Recording Music

As I mentioned in my first post, I am taking a music recording class where I learn the history of the music business and how to record music. I had my first experience with recording today. I learned that it takes more than one take to get the recording the way I want it. I spent at least 15 to 20 minutes recording just the intro for the bass part. But, until then, I had never played with a metronome and I had played with my brother, who is a drummer, only for about five minutes. When I would play without a metronome or a drummer, everything sounds and feels right, but when I went to play with one, I realized how far off I was.

Later in the quarter, I will record my brother on drums, maybe a friend of mine and/or myself on guitar, and maybe I will add some synth sounds. I also will have to make it a music video. I still don't know for sure what I am going to do for that. I am thinking I might just film whoever ends up in the song playing whatever instrument, but if I play guitar and bass, that might pose a problem. As you can see, I still have much to work out.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

My Schedule

Last quarter I took 14 credit hours. I had all kinds of breaks throughout the day. I had class Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I worked 8 hours Tuesday and Thursday. My Wednesdays were horrible. I would be at school for 12 hours minus McDonald's runs and going home (which is about 10-15 minutes away depending on how fast you drive) to get my bass. Monday and Wednesday, a few of my friends and I had a break for a couple of hours at lunch time. We were lifting weights early in the quarter but stopped after a few weeks and began playing poker with condiment cups, pens, and McDonald's apple pie boxes substituting chips.

This quarter is very different. Since I work at a golf course, I am not needed year round and am not working during this quarter. My boss also told me to learn a lot, so I am taking 20 credit hours. I was fortunate to be able to schedule my classes blocked together in the middle of the day. Only later did I realize that I am not hungry enough to eat in the mornings of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and that when I am done, it is too close to dinnertime to eat (I still live at home). I actually tried it once. I made a stop at McDonald's, got two big macs and ate Chinese for dinner. I got sick the next day. So that's not happening again. Despite the fact that I am not working, I feel that I have less time on my hands. So far, it hasn't bothered me too much. I still spend some time with my friends after school. That's about all I have for now. I have no idea what I will get into next week so stay tuned.

Friday, January 9, 2009

My first blog

My name is Christian Kelley and this is my first blog. I will be keeping up with this blog for at least the next ten weeks. My blog will be about my life as a student at the Ohio State University. In my next post, I will compare and contrast my schedule from last quarter and this quarter and talk about what I did and do in my free time. Future posts could be about skiing or my music class. I am in the ski club at Ohio State. I have been skiing before but this is my first year in a ski club. I am in a music recording class where I am composing and recording music. For the final project, I will make a music video.