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Sound of Silence

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Sound of Silence

I have not blogged in a couple of months due to various things in real-life. Some may say real-life includes blogging these days however, I have been and still am, busy with my first book. Hence the sound of silence.

Today I decided to listen to a song which I thought I knew very well, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence. I have listened to it hundreds of times but this time was different.

The heavy metal band Disturbed have produced their version of the song. It is often very difficult in my view to take a ‘classic’ song and improve it. This is one of those times when you really do need to listen to the remake.

It is stunning. It is just grabs the soul and digs deep inside. The words nearly take on another meaning. Played at a slower pace than the original, it feels better. I did not expect such a gritty polished song from a band that might have gone the other way. Thrashed out at high volume, destroying all before it. Yet this is so calm and understated that brings out true emotion in this song.

I would recommend this version to many people. It even made me think it had been done for one of the latest blockbuster movies given the orchestra accompany in the vocals. I can imagine this as part of the upcoming X-Men movie. The words fit the known story so well, so long as you know the X-Men universe. If it is not used there, then why?

As I said at the beginning, not often does a remake sound better for me. This one does. Thanks to Ken Bruce, BBC Radio 2 for playing it.

Here is the obvious link Sound of Silence

As for me, my silence is sort of ending as my book draws near to completion.

Tagline:’I’ve come to talk to you again.’

Radio First

Radio First

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A few days ago I had a request from members of my archery club to attend an event with one of my fellow archers. Now, I am no stranger to taking part in competitions or arranging county training sessions, as I did in the past. This request was an unexpected one. Stafford archers had been asked along to the Sports Sandwich on Stafford FM.

Like millions of others, I listen to the radio daily, in the morning, in my car for whatever I need. The presenters always appear very relaxed, at ease, almost ‘at home’ with how they tackle this form of communication.  I agreed to go along as support as it was put to me, thinking I would say very little. Naturally I was curious, one might be about how you may sound, how you would react to being in this very same place.

My colleague and myself, arranged to meet outside the station offices and to consider what we had to say. After all, this was just promoting our archery club. This was my first time on the radio I had no idea what to expect. I imagined various situations but could not settle on anything. My best thought was to like this to an interview for a job. You face questions, you give answers, you walk away wondering why you said Fred.

I could not have been more poles apart. We were greeted by friendly presenters all of whom understood what we were thinking. The ‘interview’ would be more a chat, as though we were socializing. That put me at ease a little and yet made me think more.

radio-microphone-vector-s-elvismic_6117There is a scene in a famous (well to me famous) film with James Garner and Doris Day – The Thrill of it all. The scene has Garner making a phone call hoping to speak to his wife.  However, his young son picks up the phone and answers the questions with either a nod or shake of his head. It  is clear the young son thinks his father see’s his answers. It is very funny. The point being, I had the same thought. What if I answered with a nod and not a word. We have all done it when someone asks you a simple yes/no question.

There was also another odd thing. No matter who asked you the question, you had to keep looking forward and not turn to answer the person. It was not rude as if you spoke away from the mic, you created dead air. Two simple things to keep in mind.  I ran through a list of things to say. Of course that disappeared the moment I started to talk. Trying to explain on the radio how shoot a recurve bow is really difficult. I had to concentrate on not lifting my arms and doing the motions. But it was fun. It was relaxing once you allowed yourself to relax. My colleague did very well, as we answered questions in turn. We had no idea who was listening.

Just as, for me anyway, I felt the most relaxed, it was over. We had our photo taken with one of the presenters and that was that. My first time on radio. Secretly, now I reflect on things, would I do it again? Yes and maybe more.

I must thank the presenters of The Sports Sandwich on Stafford FM they were brilliant and my fellow archer Natasha who did a wonderful job.

Tagline: ‘Where is that mic?’