realisticspeakers wrote:Hello. I just learned that the fireside chats were recorded. There are audio recordings of all of FDR's fireside chats on Youtube. In fact, my text does not accurately correspond to his actual speech.
Would you mind if I bow out of reading section 16 17 and 18? I don't see the point.
Yes, you may certainly bow out of your sections. Thanks for letting me know.
I hear and understand your concerns about making these recordings, I have actually given this a lot of thought in the past when considering LV projects of this type and when prepping this project. Here's where I'm at on it:
For anyone who may wonder, why record these speeches when we can listen to the president himself read them?
For me there is power in reading the words of great speeches for ourselves. I believe that new and deeper understandings of the messages contained in the speeches can be gained through reading them out loud for ourselves.
I think there is value for our listeners in hearing modern people with modern inflections and current understandings of our world and history read the text of these historic speeches; it encapsulates our moment in time and our current appreciation for historic events. It is also inspiring and unifying to hear these speeches read by a group of volunteers from all around the world.
As to the text not matching the actual speech, this is true as often there was a version of the speech released by the White House which could be different than what the president actually read when he was in front of the microphone giving a Fireside Chat. I found in looking for these speeches that it was difficult to find information about the texts which clearly spelled out this distinction, so I decided to go with those that we could access most readily.
To sum up, if you want the historical effect of hearing FDR read these words, then definitely listen to the actual Fireside Chats, they are amazing and are powerful to hear. If you want to appreciate the language and the ideas in these speeches which are timeless and often universal, then I welcome you to claim a section.
Thanks for the discussion!