The voice screams of emotion, text only whimpers.
A biography is always more powerful when heard directly using the voice, rather than just the printed words when telling a story of your life. This is particularly important when it comes to events that are significant and poignant.
Maybe it is possible for a skilled author to capture all the emotion of a moment from a person’s life but how many of us are that skilled when it comes to sharing our own life or that of someone close to us? This is where a recording of the person, telling their own story, in their own voice, has a significance far more powerful than just the words that are said.
In this recent post on The Power of Voice – by Siobhan McHughon on Transom.org we have some examples of exactly how difficult it is to put emotion into words and the power of the voice in a simple recording to express more than can ever be hoped for from text.
Take the time to have a look at the two different text versions of the same content that Siobhan struggled with to help share the power of the message, then listen to the audio and hear how easy it is to hear it when it’s expressed as audio in voice.
As Siobhan says:
When this excerpt was played on ABC radio, as part of a six-part series on Australian women in Vietnam called Minefields and Miniskirts, people were greatly moved. One listener said he was driving and had to pull over, as he could not focus on the road. As audio, it engulfs us. But when I wrote up the interview for a book, the flatness of the words on the page haunted me. I wrote it journalistically, with minimal intervention.
…and I agree with Siobhan
That’s the power of the human voice – and it’s why I love to make radio, and to listen to it.