COMPLETE: Weekly Poetry - Mother Night, by Johnson - PO/ll

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Post by RobertG » February 26th, 2006, 8:23 am

All recordings can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/mother-night-by-james-weldon-johnson/

Each week a poem is chosen to be recorded by as many Librivox volunteers as possible!

This week we read Mother Night by James Weldon Johnson as Black History Month comes to a close in the United States. Mr. Johnson was a very talented man and it is worth taking a moment to view a brief biography of him at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Weldon_Johnson

His poem can be found on Bartleby: http://www.bartleby.com/269/43.html

Interestingly, Black History Month has also been established in the UK during the month of October. It has become a worldwide observation!
Mother Night
By James Weldon Johnson

ETERNITIES before the first-born day,
Or ere the first sun fledged his wings of flame,
Calm Night, the everlasting and the same,
A brooding mother over chaos lay.
And whirling suns shall blaze and then decay,
Shall run their fiery courses and then claim
The haven of the darkness whence they came;
Back to Nirvanic peace shall grope their way.

So when my feeble sun of life burns out,
And sounded is the hour for my long sleep,
I shall, full weary of the feverish light,
Welcome the darkness without fear or doubt,
And heavy-lidded, I shall softly creep
Into the quiet bosom of the Night.
At the beginning, read the abbreviated "librivox disclaimer":
Mother Night by James Weldon Johnson, read for librivox.org by [your name]" or some variation on that, adding date, location, your personal url, if you wish.

At the End say: End of poem.

Save your recording as an mp3 file using the following filename and ID3 tag format:

File name ? all in lowercase: mother_night_johnson_[your initials].mp3

ID-3 tags:
Title: Mother Night - Read by [your initials]
Artist: James Weldon Johnson
Album: LibriVox Weekly Poetry

Please be sure that your recording software is set to the following technical specifications:
Bit Rate: 128 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 kHzs

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: reader AT climber53 DOT com. If you use yousendit, it is also a good idea to 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.

If you wish to contribute, please have your readings submitted by 3:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, March 4th (that's 23.00 gmt, on the same day).

Enjoy!

(And remember, anyone who submits a recording can choose the next weekly poem! If you'd like to suggest a poem or coordinate a future Weekly Poetry project, please visit this thread: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1114)
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Post by ChipDoc » February 26th, 2006, 8:52 am

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Post by LibraryLady » February 26th, 2006, 9:10 am

Robert - the deadline date needs updating. Other than that, very well done! :)
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Post by ChipDoc » February 26th, 2006, 9:21 am

I wished to submit it yesterday, but knew not how... Image
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Post by RobertG » February 26th, 2006, 3:02 pm

LibraryLady wrote:Robert - the deadline date needs updating...
Yikes! Image
ChipDoc wrote:I wished to submit it yesterday, but knew not how... Image
Image Would you like to try again?!


Okay, guys... all fixed! Now lay off! (I thought I could do it! I hope I can do it... I can still do it!) Image
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Post by LibraryLady » February 26th, 2006, 3:52 pm

LOL, no worries Robert! The first time I coordinated a project, I gave folks the wrong email address to send things to me! This is far less catastrophic. :D
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Post by ChipDoc » February 26th, 2006, 3:54 pm

LibraryLady wrote:LOL, no worries Robert! The first time I coordinated a project, I gave folks the wrong email address to send things to me! This is far less catastrophic. :D
hehehe... come to think of it, I gave the wrong email address myself in the first Volume of Aesop! :oops:

There's not a one of us who never makes a misteak... ;)
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Post by MaxHedrm » February 26th, 2006, 9:13 pm

Here it is ... my first LibriVox attempt...

http://portfolio.montebellopark.com/assets/audio/MotherNight-JamesWeldonJohnson-ReadBySCC.mp3


Name: Scott Cook
Link: http://portfolio.montebellopark.com/aural.html


Feedback is of course welcome.
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Post by RobertG » February 26th, 2006, 10:01 pm

MaxHedrm wrote:Here it is ... my first LibriVox attempt...
Very nice reading, Scott! I am looking forward to hearing more work from you!

All technical specs for the file are on the money, too. For future reference, LibriVox has settled on "Speech" as the genre in mp3 tags instead of "Audio Books" or other types.

I was using "Audio Books" in my tags, too-- but I've finally been brought in line by our fine team of crack librarians! Image
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Post by dbaker » February 27th, 2006, 7:56 am

http://s53.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1T58M0W5TALV91BOHJX7MJFUIW

My first attempt at noise reduction. Hope it sounds okay. Unfortunantly, my throat is getting sore.. so I may be down for a couple days. :-/

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Post by StefanS » February 27th, 2006, 8:01 am

and this is my attempt:
http://www.stefan-schmelz.de/mp3/mother_night_johnson_sjs.mp3

Best regards
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Post by RobertG » February 27th, 2006, 8:34 am

Thank you both!

Dustin: nice reading -- I could very faintly detect a small amount of a metallic echo but your voice nicely overpowered it. A little more fine-tuning of the recording set up can eliminate it. I'm not a sound engineer, so I don't really know what might be the cause. Well done reading, nonetheless! I hope that you feel better soon!

Stefan: you have a wonderful voice and I loved your reading. Would you like your web site url referenced in the listing?
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Post by StefanS » February 27th, 2006, 8:51 am

Well thank you very much, Robert :D
No, please do not include the URL, just use my full name.

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Post by Fox in the Stars » February 27th, 2006, 1:17 pm

Such a lovely poem!

Here's mine, hope you like it:

http://www.shininghalf.com/sharepics/mother_night_johnson_lf.mp3

(I had gone a bit overboard with my "initials" and am going to "lf" for "Laura Fox." ^_~ )
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Post by RobertG » February 27th, 2006, 1:34 pm

Fox in the Stars wrote:Here's mine, hope you like it...
I like it! It's a very nice reading and voice! Image

Thank you Fox in the Stars (Laura)!

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