I am planning on writing a long piece of music that tells a story. A story about a young man whom struggling with depression and anxiety. A story that expresses the emotional roller coaster forced upon people who struggle with the mental illness. A story that lets people know the real effects depression has on people. A story on how the intervention of medication helped save a life. This story is my story. But this song isn't going to be just telling a story. It is going to help raise awareness of what people with depression and anxiety have to go through day by day.
I will also burn about 20 disks, apply labels, create cover art, and write an explanatory passage for this one piece of music.
Because this project isn't student centered learning, it is audience based learning, it gives a major sense of freedom and control over our projects. To be honest, I still felt as if there wasn't as much freedom as we wanted, but I was being closed minded and had my idea set before I had heard everything. After I gave my original idea some more thought with the parameters required for this project I instantly realized that I had tons of option and paths that I could take my project that would effect some sort of audience. I am now really set on continuing this audience-centered learning and can't wait to truly get started.
So far, I have righted the wrong within my understandings and also set my original idea to the parameters so that I could still be passionate about this project, and so that I really understand where Stephen is coming from and where he wants us to go with this project. As for what is required for me to do next, I desperately need to start the song and figure out what genre will be the most effective at conveying the message that I desire to convey. I also need to start working on the passage so that I can have a few drafts done in order for me to focus on the song later.