NUMBER ONE!

For those of you who are anxiously following my Voice Over career here is a LINK to my web-site totally dedicated to all things Voice Over. There you will find existing and new demo tracks as they are recorded, and a dedicated email address for audition requests.

Feeling Pastel

Feeling Pastel

NUMBER TWO!

My lovely partner and wife has just released her new single ‘If I Had Loved You More’ on CDBaby at this LINK

This blog site will remain as my writing voice, so don’t go away; if you are reading.

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Some time ago, it was actually Sept 14th 1996, I was in a writers workshop with word rain given as the free write topic. I dashed this piece of almost without thinking. 


Rain

One thing I can tell you about rain is that it falls indiscriminately on all. Or should I prefer perhaps confine myself to telling you something that could be more significant about it? For instance; since the human body is mostly water we have a physical connection with any large amount, body, collection, accretion of water. Again, but speaking purely physically, perhaps you may know the laws of gravity? Two bodies attract each other in proportion to their mass and their distance apart.
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Consider this; a human, an average human contains, shall we be generous, one hundred pounds of water. Any cloud we may see out of the window contains many thousands of tons of water floating at some distance. If the laws are true is it any wonder we are looking skyward to our aerial brothers and sisters? (Clouds with genders?) And if they are our physical doppelgängers in an airborne medium small wonder we are always prating on about the weather. Who has not felt a tingling sensation when one of those big blue black bullies of cumulonimbus lurches over the horizon and creeps with aqueous menace toward you?

It’s the gravity of our common medium. Our very substances are the same. The core of our permanence on earth is shared with clouds.

Next week; why I can’t swim and other watery mysteries.


And perhaps next week I will actually write about swimming and mysteries.

Voice Over, My Demo

August 6, 2015

It has taken me a while but finally I have recorded a professional VO Demo. Coached by Lesley Bailey and recorded and edited by Marc Rose at FuseAudio. I love it. Listen at this LINK Let me know your impression and then book me for your next promotion, documentary, e-learning project, etc.

Shuttling in my car between the two small vegetable gardens I tend and weep over I caught the middle of a radio show (This American Life, or Radio Lab) on Oregon Public Radio. It was an African American woman telling the story of a school in Missouri that lost its accreditation and its largely black students could choose to stay or be bussed to another district thirty miles away. Part of the broadcast was a recording of a public meeting held by the parents of the receiving school (largely white). The rhetoric was thick, objections were unanimous; and when one parent rose to say that their vociferous objection to the program “was not about race” you suddenly knew it was. I remarked to myself that the recording quality was pretty good for the sixties when the woman talking gave the date of the meeting as some time in 2013. It just brought home how little progress we have made since ERA.

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Nikki Giovanni

Last week I was also listening to OPB where someone was interviewing Nikki Giovanni, a writer and poet of whom I had never heard. I was so intrigued by her style and manner I went, of course, to Powell’s Books and sought her out. For $3 I bought a used copy of The Prosaic Soul of Nikki Giovanni. It is a collection of her prose work, including ‘Racism 101’. Yes despite her Mediterranean sounding name Nikki is African American, and her writing jolts me into a world of Black writers and activists barely known to me.

I have confessed to and written of my learned racism before, and my desire to be rid of it. Listening and reading I am left with the residual frustration that I don’t know what to do, and I really believe I am not alone.