The Power of the Mic

May 4, 2017 – Margaret McCaffrey

In September Elwood Writers recorded our Fathers’ Day stories for Vision Radio Australia (VAR).

I accompanied Barry to the studio for his reading of ‘Phase’, a story about a young man whose relationship with his father deepens and evolves as he explores his sexuality.

While Barry read, presenter, Tim McQueen, edited on the other side of the soundproof glass panel. Barry has a mellifluous voice and it was thrilling to hear his coming of age tale lift of the page and take on a new life. (‘Phase’ is humorous in parts and I had to keep from laughing.)

Singers– whether on stage or in the studio – know the power of the microphone. The amplification of voice carries their music to a wider audience – freeing them to become the song.

The same goes for the spoken word.  The Open Mic forum lets you focus on the true story.

The idea of reading in rowdy bars in small-town America was nerve-wracking to me as a student there. But once on stage I adopted a persona, and one that I quite liked.

Add to preparing your work for an audience with the uplift of the microphone, and you have a powerfully intoxicating mix.

I asked Barry how he enjoyed being in the studio. He’s no show pony, but he said he loved it. Hearing your story transported to the wider world is a power buzz you might not want to miss.

By |2019-03-16T00:47:22+00:00October 29th, 2017|Writing Memoir|1 Comment

About the Author:

Margaret McCaffrey is a Melbourne-based writer whose project looks at the effects of war on her father, who was a prisoner-of-war in Germany during World War II. His death in 1976 prompted her to explore his past and how this might have affected their father-daughter relationship. In 2011 Margaret was awarded a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Provincetown, USA to study memoir writing.

One Comment

  1. jenniferlbryce November 3, 2018 at 4:11 am - Reply

    So true, Margaret. Your story takes on another dimension when you hear it broadcast.

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