Out Of My Mind—Episode 6 Show Notes
Your Voice Deserves to be Heard with Ann Utterback, Ph.D.
“If you’re lucky enough to lead a long life you’re going to have to deal with changes in your voice.” That’s the word from Ann Utterback, Ph.D., a broadcast voice specialist, a stress reduction counselor and an author. Of course, there’s a difference between accepting these changes and dealing with them. We can’t reverse the aging effects, but we can mitigate the common ones, such as not being heard or poor articulation. Dr. Utterback takes us through a few simple exercises to correct what most people are doing wrong (are you a victim of social breathing?) that will make a difference in how you sound to your friends, colleagues and loved ones. Oh, yes, and did you know that as we age, men’s voices go up in pitch while women’s voices go down? The reason why will bring a smile to your face.
Dr. Utterback writes a regular blog on the voice and keeping it alive and well. You can read her blog posts by clicking here.
And here’s an additional exercise you can do to keep your voice in shape. This one’s a show notes extra, and isn’t in the program.
If you’d like to follow up on some of the advice in the show, look at Dr. Utterback’s book Broadcaster’s Survival Guide: Staying Alive in the Business. Don’t be put off by the title. Broadcasters have the same voice challenges you have, only starting at a younger age, and this book covers the care, feeding and protection of your voice from the best foods to eat to the best ways of avoiding voice-robbing stress.
And for more voice exercises here are some audio downloads you can listen to on the go.
Wanted: Dead or Alive with Bob O’Brien
We all like to be well informed. By keeping up with the rock music icons is a challenge. If we don’t hear that they’re getting the band back together, breaking up, going on tour or breaking up it’s easy to assume the worst: they’re dead. WJRZ-FM afternoon disc jockey Bob O’Brien is on top of the rock music world, in fact the entire rock music era, and he joins us this week to bring us up to date on the status of three rock and roll’s great performers. You sang along with them. You danced to them. You cuddled up in the back seat of your care with them. Now you’ll know whether or not to send their families flowers.
Weren’t challenged enough by the questions in the show? Here’s a show notes extra from Bob. Warning: This one is not as easy as you might think.
Still want more? Bob is the author of seven books on the rock era, its music and its performers. Here are links to his books:
From Small Screen to Vinyl: A Guide to Television Stars Who Made Records, 1950-2000
Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide
The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide
Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000
Who Did It First?: Great Pop Cover Songs and Their Original Artists
Who Did It First?: Great Rock and Roll Cover Songs and Their Original Artists
Who Did It First?: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists
Need still more? Here’s a link to Bob’s website. Contact him and see if you can stump him. I’m betting you’re better off spending your time tie-dying your t-shirts.
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Drawing to a Close with Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder
They were important enough that during a newspaper strike, New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia went on the radio and read them to eager New Yorkers. On Sunday mornings they were the bond between parent and child and grandchild. And now, newspaper comics are faint traces of their former selves. They’re quickly becoming another nostalgic piece of our youth: Peanuts; Dennis the Menace; Nancy and Sluggo; Beetle Bailey; Dick Tracy; Li’l Abner. At best, they’re answers on Jeopardy! and at worst they’ve been relegated the nostalgia file, gone and somewhat wistfully forgotten.
Or, maybe not.
Thanks to the Internet, comic strips are making a comeback. But are they the comic strips we’ve come to love? Let’s find out.
Cartoonist Dave Kellett and filmmaker Fred Schroeder, the creative forces behind Stripped: The Comics Documentary, talk about what they discovered when they talked with the world’s best cartoonists about the art form they love, and what happens to it as newspapers die.
You can read more about Stripped and the cartoonists who shared their stories with Dave and Fred by visiting the film’s website. You can also buy your own copy of this love-letter to comic strips, as well as purchase extended interviews with the cartoonists involved, by clicking here.
Finding Comics on the Web
Dave and Fred recommend these websites if you’re looking for some familiar comics or you want to discover new ones:
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