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.
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“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.”
On the transformative powers of the microphone, from Elwood Writer Margaret McCaffrey’s blog:
Yes Margaret – there is an intimacy in the recording process that is like no other. Just you and the mike and the silence surrounding… Love your blog and am so pleased to be following your musings.
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I love your blog too, M. I hadn’t seen any of these recent posts till yesterday. Although I was following your blog, my email notifications were off. You’ve been quietly getting on with building content, and your website’s really engaging. I’ve tweaked my subscription settings now so I’ll get an email whenever you post.