This week, for an audio Daily Create, I chose to create an audio which reponded to this question "What does this song mean to me?" As I looked at several of the posted responses, it occurred to me that most respondents were choosing music with lyrics. I am an avid classical music listener and actually, aside from the occasional choral piece, tend to listen to chamber and symphonic music rather than more contemporary music. For this reason I chose Edward Elgar's Nimrod Variation which is one of my favorites.
Isn't it glorious?
At the same time, it evokes something so deeply sorrowful. This is a unique characteristic of music. In the same piece it can bring you to tears and great joy. Sometimes I experience those emotions simultaneously in the same piece of music.
For my daily create, I used a very simple technique. I opened the Nimrod Variation from YouTube. I played it at a very low volume on one screen. Then, I opened Soundcloud and simply recorded my impressions directly to Soundcloud. This gave the whole recording the impression that I may actually have been responding to an interview question or in a spontaneous rather than rehearsed way. I think it gives the recording an impromptu and informal quality which I actually like--in spite of the fact that I tend to fill space with an 'um.' It seems more authentic than a scripted response.
My end product sounds like this: