Ted Talks were basically currency at my high school. If the class was good during a stressful time, a substitute teacher, a guest speaker: boom! You got to listen to a Ted Talk at the end of the week. You wanted a credible source that didn’t bore you to the point of tears: boom! Ted Talk. You want to appear cultured and educated in front of your peers while actually enjoying yourself: boom! Ted Talk.
I love me a good Ted Talk. I love the way it tickles my brain, I love how the stage is set up and there’s a spotlight on a person and there they are, talking about what makes them happy, about what they’ve discovered. About their little piece of the world they carved from the pie, and just how sweet it is.
That being said, my topic isn’t scientifically splendid, argumentatively ardent, nor tantalizingly truthful. I am not a scientist, a therapist, an explorer. I am a 19-year-old art-fart with a thing for French horns and alliterations.
I have no idea what the hell I’m doing.
The only thing out of every cool Ted Talk I’m pretty sure I’ve got in the bag is the hook. I can tell a story about an profound experience I’ve had with music and I can grab everyone’s attention. I can be snarky and fun, I can be myself and use my voice and hopefully most people won’t viscerally hate it.
The tagline of a Ted Talk is “a nonprofit for ideas worth spreading” but I’m not really sure which of my ideas are worth spreading, and which haven’t been gone over before. I’ve seen the Ted Talks on music education, and I think they’re awesome. They make me so happy! And I’ve seen a Ted Talk on an instrument made with fire and soundwaves, I’ve seen one done by a music therapist, I’ve seen one done by an orchestra director. All of these inspired me, they all made me want to crawl into a practice room and bash my horn into my head until what poured out of it sounded nice.
But what exactly are my ideas, I’m wondering. And what makes them worth spreading?
The technology-aspect, I’ve got. I’ve got a camera and a mic, I’ve got a cool stage I could use. I could write a speech pretty decently, I feel, if I was inspired and had time to edit it. Hell, I could even trundle down to Banana Republic and get myself a blazer. But the content of my talk, that’s the kicker.
I have no idea.