Yesterday our oldest son and resident webmaster was nice enough to show me how to use the high-tech recording device he and his brother bought a couple of years ago for their music. Our first lesson was fairly productive: I learned how to turn it on. You see, there�s a button in the back, and then � well, you also need to plug a USB cable into the back of his computer, that is, if you plan on sending files elsewhere � which, incidentally, can be saved in two formats, whether or not you choose to add reverb, not that there aren�t several dozen other effects available � and then you press �utility� and turn a little knob to choose from the menu � after, of course, you have pressed certain buttons that bounce you from one menu to the next on the little screen � and then you choose �song� and wait while the machine initializes the space, after which you choose your track . . .

Oh, well. I�ll have it figured out eventually. My goal, meanwhile, is simple enough: I need to read and record several of my poems in order to participate in the weekly audio portion of an online poetry project. Readings are something I�ve planned and wanted to do for a long time anyway. Not that my voice is anything wonderful � as I quickly learned yesterday. But I�m sure that can be solved be reading everything in an Irish accent, modeled, of course, on James Joyce�s inspiring rendition of Finnegans Wake. Or I might shout through a section of two-inch aluminum irrigation pipe in the hope of sounding like Walt Whitman � if that really was Walt Whitman I heard once on a website somewhere. They weren�t a hundred percent sure. But it might have been Walt, old and feeble and calling out from the brink of eternity.

Fortunately, there are no deadlines involved. So while I�m learning the technology, I can also be trying out different voices and deliveries on people and making note of their reactions. In other words, I�ll approach this in the same way I approach all new challenges � by turning it into a circus. Then, once that has failed in all its varieites and dimensions, I can do what other poets do: I can simply clear my throat, press �record,� and read the poems.
Voice Lessons
Also by William Michaelian

Winter Poems

ISBN: 978-0-9796599-0-4
52 pages. Paper.
Another Song I Know
ISBN: 978-0-9796599-1-1
80 pages. Paper.
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