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Greetings from me and the cicadas!

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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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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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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    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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    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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    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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    I only sing in the shower.


    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."

    That's a neat site. Thanks.



    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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    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.



    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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    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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    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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