COMPLETE [F. P. Little Mud-Sparrows by E S Phelps - dl

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Post by aradlaw » December 3rd, 2011, 7:18 pm

The Little Mud-Sparrows by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844 - 1911) .

All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/the-little-mud-sparrows-by-elizabeth-stuart-phelps-2/
This poem is taken from CHRISTMAS IN LEGEND AND STORY; A Book for Boys and Girls, complied by Elva S. Smith, Carnegie Library Pittsburgh and Alice I. Hazeltine, Public Library St. Louis; 1915. (from the book's frontispiece)
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Channels: 1 (Mono)
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHz

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Begin your reading with the abbreviated LibriVox disclaimer:
(Please leave no more than 0.5-1 second of silence at the beginning of your recording!
The Little Mud-Sparrows by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps , read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
Then read the poem:
A Jewish Legend

I like that old, kind legend
Not found in Holy Writ,
And wish that John or Matthew
Had made Bible out of it.

But though it is not Gospel,
There is no law to hold
The heart from growing better
That hears the story told:—

How the little Jewish children
Upon a summer day,
Went down across the meadows
With the Child Christ to play.

And in the gold-green valley,
Where low the reed-grass lay,
They made them mock mud-sparrows
Out of the meadow clay.

So, when these all were fashioned,
And ranged in rows about,
"Now," said the little Jesus,
"We'll let the birds fly out."

Then all the happy children
Did call, and coax, and cry—
Each to his own mud-sparrow:
"Fly, as I bid you! Fly!"

But earthen were the sparrows,
And earth they did remain,
Though loud the Jewish children
Cried out, and cried again.

Except the one bird only
The little Lord Christ made;
The earth that owned Him Master,
—His earth heard and obeyed.

Softly He leaned and whispered:
"Fly up to Heaven! Fly!"
And swift, His little sparrow
Went soaring to the sky,

And silent, all the children
Stood, awestruck, looking on,
Till, deep into the heavens,
The bird of earth had gone.

I like to think, for playmate
We have the Lord Christ still,
And that still above our weakness
He works His mighty will,

That all our little playthings
Of earthen hopes and joys
Shall be, by His commandment,
Changed into heavenly toys.

Our souls are like the sparrows
Imprisoned in the clay,
Bless Him who came to give them wings
Upon a Christmas Day!
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File name - all in lowercase: littlemudsparrows_phelps_your initials in lowercase.mp3 (eg. littlemudsparrows_phelps_klh.mp3)

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Post by aravis » December 4th, 2011, 7:37 am

Elli

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Post by aradlaw » December 4th, 2011, 10:14 am

Thank you Elli, beautifully read :D
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Post by Lucy_k_p » December 5th, 2011, 11:15 am

Here’s my attempt:
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/littlemudsparrows_phelps_lkp.mp3
(2:11)

Any comments on or criticisms of my performance greatly appreciated.
So little space, so much to say.


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Post by aradlaw » December 5th, 2011, 6:16 pm

Thank you, Lucy and Chris. :clap:
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Post by LenXZ1 » December 5th, 2011, 8:16 pm

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Post by Snapdragon » December 6th, 2011, 1:09 pm

Thanks!
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Post by Dotty » December 7th, 2011, 10:05 am


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Post by aradlaw » December 7th, 2011, 5:51 pm

Welcometo LibriVox Dottie :)

I see this is your first post and upload to LV. The reading itself is good, but unfortunately there are a few issues with your file.
- your volume is way too low, the waveforms should look like this...
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- there is a significant background noise when the file is amplified.
- the ID3 Tags are missing (please see the opening post for the tag info)
- a hint, if you are using audicity, you do not need to put the .mp3 onto the file name, the program does that automatically when exporting :wink:

Please try those settings I mentioned above and record the poem again.

You need to increase the volume either in Audacity itself ( the record volume slider) or adjust your system volume controls,
something like this -
System Volume Path
Control Panel / Sound / Recording / select your mic / Properties / Levels (adjust if necessary)
Not too sure just yet what can be done about the background noise. It does not sound like a laptop power supply type noise, what type of microphone are you using? Analog (small round plug) or USB (flat plug) ?

This is why we recommend a test recording, so all these issues can be worked out before hand.
Please get back to me on those questions so we can sort out your recording problems.

Oh, almost forgot, please let me know under what name would you like to appear in the LV catalog and if you have one, we can put your personal URL link on your catalog page too. 8-)
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Post by Lewis » December 10th, 2011, 9:57 am

Great Christmas Season Choice -
Here's my version - 2:33

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/littlemudsparrows_phelps_llb.mp3

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Post by aradlaw » December 11th, 2011, 5:20 am

Thank you Lewis, great reading :thumbs:

My apologies for forgetting to acknowledge Len and Ginger for their most excellent readings ealier in the week :clap:
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Post by moarplease » December 11th, 2011, 8:17 am

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/littlemudsparrows_phelps_hyz.mp3

Duration - 01:59

Here is my attempt. This is my first recording besides the 1-min test, so any constructive feedback would be appreciated.

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Post by fshort » December 13th, 2011, 8:35 pm

The Little Mud Sparrows

URL: http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/littlemudsparrows_phelps_fs.mp3

Duration: 02:39

I think I got the volume right. Over Xmas, my clever son may be able to fix my computer up with an mp3 gain that I can use. (The app I tried wouldn't let me select a file no matter if I dragged it or anything else.)
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Post by Zadok75 » December 13th, 2011, 10:22 pm

So here's my first try, other than the audio test. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated... Thank you.
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http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/dl/littlemudsparrows_phelps_z75.mp3

Duration 2m 38 sec

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