Like he stepped out of a Billabong advertisement, this future Irishman has a sort of california style; effortless good looks and a chill vibe. Of course these are the traits floating comfortably on the surface. His mom knows her son to be pensive, with tendencies to do deep thinking, maybe even daydream once in awhile. I could certainly sense a softer side, where contemplation and real emotion might lie. What you need to know is this dark haired gentleman is wickedly intelligent. He's #1 in his entire graduating class, a feat that would make any mother weak at the knees. Next fall he'll be happily settling in at Notre Dame. Nick is also a musical cavalier. I got the feeling after seeing him perform a Black Keys song on a acoustic guitar --with supreme ease--, and talking music with him for an entire car ride that he had a firm understanding of how music worked. He appreciates the creativity and the raw energy of his favorite bands. I believe his honest passion for music has probably fashioned some of the tenderness that resides in him. I wasn't able to discover all the layers of this savy longboarding, groovy guitar playing, emotive esquire, but I had ample time to realize this kid's future is brighter than his smile, and his potential, greater and larger than that brain of his. This is Nick Kelsey and he's been liberated.
We might share a similar taste in music, and we might share a common name, but the likeness stops there. This kid may never have an identical. He's too smart. He's too ambitious. And he's just too...cool.