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Post by aradlaw » September 23rd, 2017, 5:22 pm

Life by Griffith Alexander ( ?- ?).

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"What is life?" we ask. "Just one darned thing after another," the cynic replies. Yes, a multiplicity of forces and interests, and each of them, even the disagreeable,
may be of real help to us. It's good for a dog, says a shrewd philosopher, to be pestered with fleas; it keeps him from thinking too much about being a dog. ( from the poem preface)
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Life by Griffith Alexander, read for LibriVox.org by [your name].
[Add, if you wish, date, your location, and/or your personal url.]
Then read the poem:
"What is life?" we ask. "Just one darned thing after another," the cynic replies. Yes, a multiplicity of forces and interests, and each of them, even the disagreeable,
may be of real help to us. It's good for a dog, says a shrewd philosopher, to be pestered with fleas; it keeps him from thinking too much about being a dog.

What's life? A story or a song;
A race on any track;
A gay adventure, short or long,
A puzzling nut to crack;
A grinding task; a pleasant stroll;
A climb; a slide down hill;
A constant striving for a goal;
A cake; a bitter pill;
A pit where fortune flouts or stings;
A playground full of fun;—
With many any of these things;
With others all in one.
What's life? To love the things we see;
The hills that touch the skies;
The smiling sea; the laughing lea;
The light in woman's eyes;
To work and love the work we do;
To play a game that's square;
To grin a bit when feeling blue;
With friends our joys to share;
To smile, though games be lost or won;
To earn our daily bread;—
And when at last the day is done
To tumble into bed.

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Post by ClaudiaSterngucker » September 26th, 2017, 3:51 pm

Hi Aradlaw,

I've just uploaded my version of the weekly poem. It's the first time I participate in a project and I'm absolutely not tech-savvy, yet. I'm not sure at all if my editing is done properly and I want to apologise for my Swiss-German accent.

Duration of the recording: 1:57, and my name is ClaudiaSterngucker.

Thank you very much, this is a wonderful project! <3

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/life_alexander_cs_128kb.mp3
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Post by aradlaw » September 26th, 2017, 4:05 pm

Thank you Claudia, good first reading. :thumbs: You're spot on with the specs, and your accent is delightful. :D
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Post by ClaudiaSterngucker » September 26th, 2017, 4:14 pm

Thank you very, very much, David, for being so kind to me, the help and support here in the Forum is really incredible! :9: Honestly, I was scared to upload my flawed rookie reading and felt like a daredevil to have found the courage to actually do it. Now, I'm just happy to be a part of this great project. Huge Merci!
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Post by aradlaw » September 26th, 2017, 7:39 pm

Thank you Bruce. :thumbs:
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Post by tovarisch » September 27th, 2017, 4:02 am

Here is another interpretation:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/life_alexander_vb_128kb.mp3 1:57

Thanks!
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Post by pschempf » September 27th, 2017, 9:22 am

David-

Mine for this week-

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/life_alexander_ps_128kb.mp3
Track length: 1:48

A charming poem, nice way to start the day. Good pick, Elizabby :)
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Post by aradlaw » September 27th, 2017, 11:00 am

Thank you Phil and tovarisch. :thumbs:
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Post by queentiffanyrose » September 27th, 2017, 4:14 pm

Hey everyone, I am a newbie. This is my first recording for LibriVox. I had a lot of fun doing it. Please feel free to provide feedback. Thanks. :D

Queen Tiffany Rose


https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/life_alexander_tr_128kb.mp3

Time: 2:08

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Post by Algy Pug » September 27th, 2017, 5:29 pm

Algy Pug

My Librivox page

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Post by aradlaw » September 27th, 2017, 5:44 pm

Good first reading Queen Tiffany Rose :D Most of the specs are correct, we need to work on increasing the volume
- the volume is too low at 69 dB, you should aim for your wave forms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:
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Post by aradlaw » September 27th, 2017, 5:47 pm

Thank you Algy. :thumbs:
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Post by WiltedScribe » September 27th, 2017, 5:54 pm

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Post by queentiffanyrose » September 27th, 2017, 7:02 pm

Thank you for the feedback. I went ahead and used Replay Gain to increase the volume, and also used Checker to ensure it passes. Checker now shows it at 88.9dB I have also create a new link with the correction.

The name I would like to use would be:

Queen Tiffany Rose
I would like my URL to be www.queentiffanyrose.com

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/life_alexander_tr_128kb.mp3

Time 2:08

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