Tuesday, February 27, 2024

R Dickson reading from Mary Oliver's poem: "Two Kinds of Deliverance"

I only recently discovered the works of Mary Oliver thanks to Instagram. I've watched videos of her reciting her poems and my GOSH the intellectual intensity and introspection found in her writing! I can tell from her topics that she's spent countless hours outdoors like myself.  I only wish I would have learned of Mary Oliver's inspirational writings earlier in my life as I might have begun writing poetry of my own as a way to get the inquisitive thoughts out of my head.

Below is a link to the reels video where you can hear the powerful and thought-provoking words of Mary Oliver in her poem titled: "Two Kinds of Deliverance."

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This is quickly becoming my new passion...reciting inspirational poetry and excerpts from some of my favorite authors books. And yes, I do have a goal in mind here...and that is to begin to narrate books for audio.

Onward and Upward!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

R Dickson and the "Recitations on Reels" video project.

The very first audio recording that I ever did...I think I was around 7 years old...I read from a children's book...and then well a fight broke out (all fully captured on the audio recording of course) between my sister and I...but that's another story for another time.

Here it is...some 44 years later and I'm excited to announce a project I've been working on to enhance my auditory, narration and recitation skills.  I'll call this project, "Recitation on Reels."  This is where I read excerpts from some of my favorite books and from some of my favorite authors. I specifically choose to read from passages that have cognitively challenged me or had an impact on calling my "established" world-views into question or have called out to my heart in some way.

I've posted the videos I've created from the audio recording of these recitations as Reels on Instagram and also on Facebook. This one below I'm reading from Pema Chodron's book titled "The Places That Scare You."

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This project not only is causing me much auditory practice while reading, but is also causing me to learn video editing tricks and tips among other technical skills. 

My goal here is to eventually becoming a narrator of books on audio. 

This trade of content creation is driving the social platform industry to new heights. The availability of simple to use audio recording and video editing software is astounding compared to the studio limitations of years gone by.

What FUN to create digital content on this level!!

Onward and upward!