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 Post subject: Greetings from me and the cicadas!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:19 pm 
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This is a 'talking' recording. So turn on your speakers.
(just having fun with the Edirol)

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:lol: . "You can't see me pointing over there" :lol:


You sound completely different than I imagined. :x

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Thanks for sharing that, Monica. I've never heard cicadas er cicades umh cicadees or cicadadeedas or whatever before. Weird!


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You sound completely different than I imagined.

What does that mean? Good, bad, old, young - maybe I don't want to know. :cry:

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So neat to hear your voice here, Monica! Those cicadas sound like a horror movie's "scary noise to signify impending doom". Must go to Google Images and type in "cicadas" to see what they look like. I like your very slight twinge of Chicago accent, with the "o" of Robert having a slight hint of "a". I studied opera for two years, which included extensive drilling of vowel pronunciation, and the main "tell" of where we are from is how we pronounce our vowels. In the province where I live, they hire university drama students to act at the Al Capone underground tunnel amusement park and they try to sound like Chicagans/Chicaginians/Chicaganites.
http://www.tunnelsofmoosejaw.com/chitours.asp


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Nicole wrote:
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Everyone has an accent, there is no default way of speaking English. :wink:

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Your voice really does not match your profile picture, at least for me. It's because you look like a person who works in my mom's office, so I am used to hearing her voice. Oh well. Nothing wrong with your voice. Ever think about doing a solo-duet / voice and piano, i.e. Brahm's Lullaby 8)

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juufa72 wrote:
Nicole wrote:
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Everyone has an accent, there is no default way of speaking English. :wink:


Yes, good point. There is a website that allows you to click any region in this country and listen to samples of people from that area talking.

Adding to this message later on: Here it is for you folks in the USA
http://web.ku.edu/idea/northamerica/usa/usa.htm

Way back in highschool drama, my teacher told me I was cursed with the "Prairie accent" that would give away the fact that I was from one of the 3 middle provinces in Canada, unless I worked really hard to "get rid of" the accent.


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I know we are off topic, but I guess it is the weekend. I don't know how to insert a picture here, but you can see them on Wikipedia. Here is some info from there. Thanks again, Monica, for sharing sound of them.

Adult periodical cicadas live only for a few weeks—by mid-July, they will all be gone. Their short adult life has one sole purpose: reproduction. The males "sing" a mating song; like other cicadas, they produce loud sounds using their tymbal. Receptive females respond to the calls of conspecific males with timed wing-flicks, which attract the males for mating. The sounds of a "chorus"—a group of males—can be deafening and reach 100 dB.


After mating, the male weakens and dies. (unable...to....resist......editorial temptation to insert female sexist joke here about similarity to human males falling asleep after :wink: )
The female lives a little longer in order to lay eggs: it makes between six and 20 V-shaped slits in the bark of young twigs and deposits up to 600 eggs there. Shortly afterwards, the female also dies. After about six to ten weeks, the eggs hatch and the newborn nymphs drop to the ground, where they burrow and begin another 13 or 17-year cycle. The carcasses of periodic cicadas decompose on the ground, providing a resource pulse of nutrients to the forest community.


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Ever think about doing a solo-duet / voice and piano, i.e. Brahm's Lullaby

I only sing in the shower.


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In the province where I live, they hire university drama students to act at the Al Capone underground tunnel amusement park and they try to sound like Chicagans/Chicaginians/Chicaganites.
http://www.tunnelsofmoosejaw.com/chitours.asp


Hi Nicole,
It's funny how people all over the world associate Al Capone with Chicago. Even when I was in Germany - we were on a train, and there were some school children sitting nearby. They heard us talking in english and asked where we were from. My sister said, "Chicago" and one of the kids pretended to be holding a machine gun and said laughingly, "Yes, Chicago - Al Capone."

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There is a website that allows you to click any region in this country and listen to samples of people from that area talking.

That's a neat site. Thanks.



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After mating, the male weakens and dies. (unable...to....resist......editorial temptation to insert female sexist joke here about similarity to human males falling asleep after


Isn't that the truth. :wink:

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Aren't cicadas the same as locusts? I'm not sure, but I thought so.

Monica, your voice is very sweet and also sounds like an educated lady even though there is a slight midwestern accent. To me the midwestern accent is the most typically American of all English accents.

Thanks for that site address, Nicole. I plan to check it out.


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Aren't cicadas the same as locusts? I'm not sure, but I thought so.

Monica, your voice is very sweet and also sounds like an educated lady even though there is a slight midwestern accent. To me the midwestern accent is the most typically American of all English accents.

Thanks for that site address, Nicole. I plan to check it out.


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Aren't cicadas the same as locusts? I'm not sure, but I thought so.


Yes, I think so, although why some only come out every 17 years is a mystery to me. The 'regulars' aren't as noisy and much, much less in numbers.



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Yes, it was hard getting that education with my accent. :lol:

I think you're right about the midwestern sound being the most common. But sometimes, it's fun to talk like a southerner, especially when we're having a Lynyrd Skynyrd-like party; or talk like hillbillies when bluegrass is the music du jour. Y'all know what I mean? :)

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Is the recording here already removed? After 3 days? :roll:

I really would like to listen to your voice, Monica!

And I envy all native english speakers to recognize the different accents. When I try to sing something in English, everyone tells me that there is always a strong German accent present - I cannot remove, even if I try...

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I'll make another recording in an hour or so when the cicadas wake up. But I really should do it now while my kids are asleep. Then they won't think that mom has gone nuts and is downstairs talking to herself. :wink: Check back here soon.

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And I envy all native english speakers to recognize the different accents. When I try to sing something in English, everyone tells me that there is always a strong German accent present - I cannot remove, even if I try...


We can recognize different accents because English is our naitive language. Much like you can recognize a German speaker from the North Sea area, Berlin, Bavaria, Vienna, and Zurich.

You can elimante your German influence by stop speaking German and only speak English. Then you need to listen to naitive speakers. Heck, just move to the US for twenty years and I am sure that you will lose your German accent. :wink:


Anyways, I thought Cicadas are completely different than locusts. Aren't they?

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Heck, just move to the US for twenty years and I am sure that you will lose your German accent.


Not so, J. My mother has lived here for fifty years and people still hear her accent. I don't because I'm so used to how she sounds.

Here is another silly talking recording so Olaf can listen. I guess you're not still sleeping, Julius.

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Monica, so far I only knew that you play beautiful piano and look beautiful. And now I know that you have a beautiful voice too! Had you voice lessons? You should not sing only in the shower, your voice sounds rich and sonorous, and with a singing prosody. Like a radio newscaster!

Yes, I would say "Monica" with the accent like your mother says. Did hear not very much of the cidadelles, because of the wind, but can imagine that they start terrible noise. Our frogs in the pool quack only frequently with silent gaps. But anytime, if the frog boss starts, all other follow and that you can hear in the complete neighbourhood.

Thank you much for taking trouble to record again!

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Hi Monica!

This is such a sweet voice message. Reminds me of the old "Romper Room" show, which I used to love so much as a little person, and we were hoping that the nice lady who hosted it would list our name that day, as she listed about half a dozen common names at the end of each show.

I agree -- we ALL should record our voice. Maybe I'll try a voice recording later tonight, and post it here. I would love to hear everyone's voice.

A duet of two blonds in flannel pajamas on one bench could be too much for the world to handle! But I've always joked that I'd love to start a traveling duet group called "Twenty fingers a-flyin". So maybe we could do that sometime anyway -- even the audience would be welcome to wear pajamas, so all would be comfortable.
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Reminds me of the old "Romper Room" show, which I used to love so much as a little person, and we were hoping that the nice lady who hosted it would list our name that day, as she listed about half a dozen common names at the end of each show.

Hi Nicole,
I can't believe you watched that show. I did too. How funny! And didn't the nice lady have some kind of magic mirror?



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A duet of two blonds in flannel pajamas on one bench could be too much for the world to handle!

Who says they have to be flannel pj's? I'm thinking more lingerie-style. (kidding, sort of :wink: )

I'll be looking for your voice recording. Maybe you can sing for us too.

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Hey, nice you mention me! 8) And you pronounce my name quite right, with a "y" at the beginning. :)

Though I too was surprised about it at the beginning, I also like your voice. You should expand this to some kind of audio blog. :wink:

And the cicadas didn't come out that loud on your first take. The Edirol likes your front door much more, it is very, very loud for some reason.

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Singing -- as requested by Monica. If I am able to do this, the rest of you guys darn well at least put your speaking voices here.

Edited and attachment removed by Nicole on June 21st.

Thank-you, Mindenblues and Cydonia for your kind comments below! After those generous comments, however, the reality hit that the clip was truly SO GOOD :lol: , someone looking to make a buck out there might steal it :lol: and pass it off as their own. So best to take it down to avoid that likelihood.
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Hey Nicole,

Excellent Star Trek rendition. 8)

Seems you have all the talents. :wink:


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Nicole, I only got the last 15 seconds of the Star Trek song. Is there supposed to be more?

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Well, I think after receiving thousands of e-mails for opera and concert bookings in less than an hour, she decided to replace the full performance file by a smaller one with just the end of it. :wink:


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Ha ha! You guys are funny -- have 6 p.m. student walking in right away, so will have to let machine pick up all those calls from Sony, Deutsche Grammaphone, etc.

I just did the end part of the song for you guys -- the part that everyone likes.

Gotta go!
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Oh, Martin. You're funny. I should have said 'hi' to you on my recording. So I'll do it now. Hi.
Now...you can be one of those who does this recording thing too, right? Come on, don't be chicken. You never did show your picture.

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I just checked the time zone map on the internet. The Europeans are asleeep for a few more hours yet, but I hope to hear lots of voices here tomorrow, with and without accents. If I hear nothing, unless Robert kicks me off the forum for being such a goofball, I will further punish and torment all the pianists by singing recitative in Italian, from Il Barbier di Siviglia. So don't be shy and be sure to record those voices! Monica wants to hear them too.
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That's right. But I fear some of them will be shy. Especially, Chris. He's the most chicken. :P
btw: I just saw the International Space Station sail across the night sky. Really neat!

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btw: I just saw the International Space Station sail across the night sky. Really neat!


That's the signal to lay off the wine now for the evening, Monica! Just teasing.

Ok, for tomorrow, I propose a "guess this speaking voice" game. If you wanted to oversee it, perhaps everyone (except me and you and Raymond or anyone else who has already been heard) could send you an e-mail attachment with their voice on it. Each person would have to read the same poem or something, so we could use their accents as a bit of a hint in guessing who is who. Then you could post them all (except you would know all the answers) and see if we can guess who everyone is. I can just see Techneut shaking his head and thinking, "Oh brother, how daft.". But it could be fun.


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I consider myself mute when it comes to "having a voice".

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I consider myself mute when it comes to "having a voice".


I can't count the number of people who only wish they would hear me say that about myself once in a while.

Well, I hope not everyone is shy. The curiosity to know what everyone sounds like when they talk is very strong for me, anway.


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Not sure the ladies will like my terrible french accent trying to speak english. 8)


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Not sure the ladies will like my terrible french accent trying to speak english. 8)


Non, ce n'est pas vrai, Martin!!! Tu sais que nous adorons les accents :D !!!


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Nicole, great singing!!! You have lots of talents also for singing, a clear voice also in higher registers and you hold the pitch precise. Great!

Regarding my voice, well, it is very weak. Even the dog leaves the room if I try to sing. :lol:
Nevertheless here is a blues song I played with guitar and sang simultaneously, it is called "Stack O Lee Blues", telling a true story from end of 19th century, from the great John Hurt:

http://www.mindenblues.family-schmidt-m ... ckoLee.mp3

It seems so that I do sing with strong German accent. Sorry for that, can't do better unfortunately.

Sometimes I dream to visit the Mississippi Delta in the hope to find some of the old bluesmen playing on an old acoustic guitar Delta blues songs that I love so much (therefore my forum name). And to jam with them together. Well, only a dream, and New Orleans is probably not the same as it was before the last flood. Nevertheless, the dream remains, to catch the spirit of old great delta blues men like Robert Johnson, Son House and the other blues giants, the root of rock'n roll at the end. Sorry for coming OT so much ...

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Wow, Olaf. I'm in shock. You played and sang so well! I had no idea! Man....just goes to show you - you never know about people.

Your guitar pickin' was great. I so much want to learn to play guitar better. My brother taught a few things long ago. Currently, I can only play Stairway to Heaven, a Pink Floyd song - can't think of the title, but it starts out with a single quitar that sounds like it's playing on a radio and then it becomes more stero - some lyrics, "so, so you wish you could tell, heaven from hell...." whatever.
Also about 20 seconds worth of a Spanich piece, and that's about all. I have an accoustic guitar just sitting by one of my fireplaces, just waiting for me to pick it up. I usually do when there's a party going on, until someone mercifully takes it away and plunks me down on the piano instead. Anyway, you sounded terrific. And your German accent was not very noticeable. Yeah, I heard it, but it is sort of endearing. Reminds me of my mother when she starts singing "The Yellow Rose of Texas" in German. Cracks me up everytime.

Nicole - I think that's a neat idea about everyone sending me their voice samples and then we (not me) all guess. If anyone here is willing to participate, say so on this post and we'll get it started.

Oh, and I saw the space station before I had finished my first bottle of ice cold beer. :) Perfect on hot summer nights.

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I can only play Stairway to Heaven, a Pink Floyd song - can't think of the title, but it starts out with a single quitar that sounds like it's playing on a radio and then it becomes more stero - some lyrics, "so, so you wish you could tell, heaven from hell...." whatever.


Thank you Monica, for the compliments. As teenager and as student I played in a blues group guitar, long, long ago. I liked so badly to play in a group, and had no access to an electronic organ, and piano was uncool and foremost not loud enough so I learned guitar a bit by myself. The only style I can is fingerstyle blues with thumb- and fingerpicks and also a bit slide guitar (have a cool dobro for that).

Regarding the Pink Floyd song, it is "Wish you were here" from the same named vinyl from 1975. I think, I could play it still today - we played it on my graduation ball, I taped it: musical content is total crap, but the mood and the applause was that fantastic that I still get goose bumps only thinking of it...

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Wow! Thank-you for singing, Olaf! And thank-you for compliments. I listened to my clip before I submitted it yesterday, and realize I sound a lot like my old singing teacher used to sound when I first heard her, when she dared to sing in public once, well before she finished her training. I truthfully thought, when I first heard her sing so long ago, that she was hopeless. But after a few more years of training, when she then became a singing teacher, I listened to her in concert a few times before signing up for lessons, and was truly amazed. I couldn't believe it was the same voice. Maybe if I worked as hard, I could end up sounding like that someday!

Ok, everybody. So now that Olaf and I have dared to sing, submitting speaking will be even easier.
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Yes, applause is great. I was in several groups when I was younger too. But the very first one was with my girlfriend, Margaret. She played guitar too and that was when I first learned some chords. (around 14 years old) Anyway, a pizza joint down the street somehow heard that we were a guitar duo and asked that we come and play a set or two. So we said, "sure", not telling them that we only knew one song. It was John Denver's, Take Me Home Country Roads. Well, we got some good applause after the first run through, but it died off quickly after the third time. Now, after a piano recital, I don't even hear any applause, because I'm just so happy to have survived through my time at the piano, and then I'm only concentrating on exiting the stage without tripping.

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Maybe if I worked as hard, I could end up sounding like that someday!


I am sure you will! Everyone says that the voice must be treated like every other music instrument - it needs practising. In your case, it sounds already strong and, evenly and your way is not that long. My wife however, told me recently that my singing voice reminds here on the sound of a crow (very charmant, isn't it...), and really, only if kids and wife are absent I can dare to cry out an old blues tune.

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Now, after a piano recital, I don't even hear any applause, because I'm just so happy to have survived through my time at the piano, and then I'm only concentrating on exiting the stage without tripping.


The only explanation is that they are so deeply stirred from your Mazurkas they don't dare to clap there hands!

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Herr Olaf, you do have an accent. But it's not as bad as Schwarzenegger's from the 1980s :lol:

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Juufa, I should send you a sound clip sometime of my brother's Arnold impression. He says "Get your a_ _ to Mars" exactly like Ah-nuld from "Total Recall". Cracks me up every time. Yes, everyone should be so lucky to be a bodybuilder, famous movie star and then Govinah of Caleefonia. Can't help but like the guy, even if he is enviable.
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have a cool dobro for that).


Olaf, what is a dobro?

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Olaf, what is a dobro?


That's an acoustic guitar with plate material, and a completely different acoustic principle: it works like a loudspeaker, but not electric driven, instead the thin plate membran is driven by the string bridge vibrations. It gives a typical earthy blues sound and is used in old times because it is a) louder as a normal acoustic guitar, b) it sustains a lot - great for slide playing, and c) it is bullet proof - a great advantage in old day western saloons :lol:

Here's a picture:
http://www.mindenblues.family-schmidt-m ... _Dobro.JPG

and here is a little song I came up with a dobro. I put a slide on the pinky to add some slide notes on the treble strings, played together with the open bass strings:
http://www.mindenblues.family-schmidt-m ... ToCome.mp3

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Oh, now I see. Thanks Olaf. And that was a beautiful guitar piece. Reminds me of my brother. We used to sit around in his house with all of our friends and just play music on whatever instrument we felt like playing at the time. Many guitars to choose from, and I even ended up on the drumset many times.
Are you sure you are not really from Tennesee? :)

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Is the recording here already removed? After 3 days? :roll:

I really would like to listen to your voice, Monica!


Ditto!

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Well...I've embarrassed myself twice with voice recordings. Not sure I'm brave enough to do it again.

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oh c'mon your voice isn't embarrasing. in fact it sounds warm and comforting. your kids must be lucky to have had a mother with a voice that like when they were still in their dipers!

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