I just pre-recorded a local radio show of songs I associate with FELLOW MORTALS. Personal reflections:
- It’s hard to be casual with a big mic in front of your face, even when the recording isn’t live.
- There’s an impulse to overcompensate for conversational mumbling and vocal tics, which increases the risk of over-enunciation and wooden speaking, like when a bad actor plays a Stern General.
- The tentative script I prepared looked OK on paper but sounded writerly and pretentious when spoken aloud, so I scrapped most of it and did a lot of nervous improv.
- I think it’d be easier to have a conversation on the radio, in an interview for example, because I wouldn’t have time to think about the way I sounded. I might not sound any better, but I wouldn’t be aware of the fact.
- Editing techniques can work miracles, and will need to.
It’s probably not as bad as all that. I’ll post airtime info in early February if you want to listen to some great tunes and laugh at the DJ.
Colonial-American Word of the Day
Pettish: (adj) passionate