Hugh's contest to find a poem that best reflects the spirit of LibriVox (see this thread: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2652) has a winner! Congratulations to Betsie for finding us such a beautiful poem.
The goal here is to leave this project open until the last possible day (the anniversary is Aug. 10th).
We will be reading "Art and Heart," by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from her collection Poems of Passion (Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/16776).
Please start with this abbreviated disclaimer: "Art and Heart, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, read for LibriVox.org by [your name], to celebrate the first anniversary of LibriVox."ART AND HEART.
Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover,
It is not art, but _heart_, which wins the wide world over.
Though smooth be the heartless prayer, no ear in Heaven will mind it,
And the finest phrase falls dead if there is no feeling behind it.
Though perfect the player's touch, little, if any, he sways us,
Unless we feel his heart throb through the music he plays us.
Though the poet may spend his life in skilfully rounding a measure,
Unless he writes from a full, warm heart he gives us little pleasure.
So it is not the speech which tells, but the impulse which goes
with the saying;
And it is not the words of the prayer, but the yearning back of
It is not the artist's skill which into our soul comes stealing
With a joy that is almost pain, but it is the player's feeling.
And it is not the poet's song, though sweeter than sweet bells chiming,
Which thrills us through and through, but the heart which beats under
And therefore I say again, though I am art's own true lover,
That it is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
At the end of your recording say: "End of poem. This recording is in the public domain." and leave a few seconds of silence.
Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:
File name ? all in lowercase: art_and_heart_wilcox_[your initials].mp3
Title: Art and Heart - Read by [your initials]
Artist: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Album: LibriVox Anniversary Poetry Special
Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHzs
Please check the Recording Notes thread before recording:
If this is your first recording, you'll also find this useful:
You may either post a link to your completed files here in the thread or email them to me via http://www.yousendit.com/ at this address: ac DOT timshel AT gmail DOT com. If you use yousendit, please post the link it generates in this thread as well.
When you post your link, please include your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page and any URL by which you would like it accompanied.
Thanks in advance, I look forward to listening!