Poem for the week August 13 - 19, 2006.
?Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded
?by as many LibriVox volunteers as possible!
????????? This collection is closed. A grand thank you to all 16 contributors!
??William Carlos Williams
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Williams spent his life as a doctor practicing pediatric medicine in northern New Jersey, a few miles west of New York City. During the work day he often dashed off poems on the backs of blank prescrition pads that he kept in his pocket. This particular poem was writen in just such a spontaneous way, after seeing the Russian Ballet perform in Manhattan. He came home and, well...
Knowing the straightforward, American quality of his poetry, particularly its spontaineous nature, it might be interesting to hear recordings of this poem made in the same way ?in an unrehearsed, unedited cold read. Dash it off (which doesn't mean rush it) just as Williams did time after time on his pads. The experience (and rightly the poem) is brief, so it won't take much. You can do it! Try not to read it at all ????????? ?until you...
Get you recording set up in place ?all of the usual details are outlined below.
Click [RECORD] and say:
"Danse Russe" by William Carlos Williams, read for LibriVox dot org by [your name] and if you wish [your location and personal URL]
Pause 3-4 seconds and do a straight, inspired read-through of the poem:
???? If when my wife is sleeping
???? and the baby and Kathleen
???? are sleeping
???? and the sun is a flame-white disc
???? in silken mists
???? above shining trees,?
???? if I in my north room
???? dance naked, grotesquely
???? before my mirror
???? waving my shirt round my head
???? and singing softly to myself:
???? "I am lonely, lonely.
???? I was born to be lonely,
???? I am best so!"
???? If I admire my arms, my face,
???? my shoulders, flanks, buttocks
???? against the yellow drawn shades,?
???? Who shall say I am not
???? the happy genius of my household?
Wait 3-4 seconds and finish with:
End of poem. This recording is in the public domain.
And end with 4-5 seconds of silence.
See! You can do it!
Prepare the Sound File Before You Upload It
- Set your recording software for these specs: Bit Rate: 128 kbps and Sample Rate: 44100 kHzs
- Set the ID3 tags like this:
??Title: Danse Russe ? Read by [your initials]
??Artist: William Carlos Williams
??Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry
??Comments: (Optional) Public Domain; read by [your name]
- Check to be certain that the sound file is free of any omissions and/or distracting glitches
- Check to be certain that you are about to save the file as an MP3 with the proper settings
- Save the file in all lower case using this specific filename format:
??danse_russe_williams__[your initials ?max 4].mp3
What To Do With Your Completed Recording and Citation Info
- Either post a personal link to your completed files here in the thread... or
- For those who can FTP files, my prefered upload option is detailed
in Cloud Mountain's Uploader Wiki, including instructions for getting started.
There's also a simple way to upload files to my server using FireFox. Please read/try it, okay?
- Another upload option is available through the generous LVer kayray.
Simply log on to: librivox.kayray.org using the password: vox.
- A final and ofttimes unpredictable way to transfer files is to email your sound files via
youSENDit to: cloudmountain AT gmail DOT com. You can visit youSENDit HERE.
Be certain to supply the link youSENDit gives you.
- Whatever method you use for uploading your sound files, be certain to provide the link where the file is stored.
When you post your link (especially if you're doing this for the first time) please also include the following information:
- Your name as you would like it credited on the catalog page
- Any URL you want your name linked to (only if your information is not yet in the LV wiki) Check Your Status Here!.
- And please keep in mind the Special Request at the top of this post. Thanks.
over to Long Poems Collection 002 and make a
spontaneous 5 to 30 minute contribution there as well!