Victor Out Loud

philips-tape-recorderI started recording an audio website component this afternoon. Plan to post it here and on Sound Cloud. It’s taking me a while to learn, and it’s aggravating. It takes a long time to upload tracks at WillowsBend, with a slow tethered internet connection, even though all of them will be less than five minutes long. I may do the recording here, and the uploads where there’s proper Wi-Fi. I hope to have some files up soon and it’ll be a new category.

My father loved to make recordings. We had reel to reel Philips tape recorders in the house ever since I can remember. He would also record sermons for on the radio in the studio for broadcast on CFAM. Frohe Botshaft was one of the programs, and he did them in Hoch or Platt Deutsch, though nothing on the scale of what other ministers did, especially George Ens, my friend Gerhard’s Dad.

My dad also like to tape various things; our voices reciting Bible verses or poems, Christmas concerts,some particular services, his 50th wedding anniversary which was mostly singing, and my mothers funeral.

My first foray into recording myself was a bit of a disaster and got me into trouble. I hated practicing the piano. The large upright Heintzman was in the basement in the new recreation room in the new bungalow in Gretna completed in 1964. I took one of the smaller reel to reel tape recorders, and I recorded myself practicing piano.heintzman-images

I always had a choice after supper, I could help mom wash the dishes and clean up, or I could go down in the basement to practice. So down I went.I turned the TV on quietly and I played the tape loudly for nearly a week before they caught on, because all the mistakes were happening at all the same places and the playing never got any better. Truth is the playing really never got any better even with practicing but that’s a story for another time.

RedRooffs Readers Book Club List

My sister reads books like nobody’s business. Book-club a natural, and yes, Redrooffs has two fs. Check out

their Revised 2016-2017 Book List

Margaret Atwood Moral Disorder

Margaret MacMillan History’s People

Jim Crace Harvest

Emma Hooper Etta and Otto and Russell and Jamesetta-and-otto-and-russell-and-james-9781476755687-in19

Anita Rau Badami The Hero’s Walk 13

Ali Smith How To Be Both

Jane Gardam Old Filth

Hope Jahren Lab Girl 14

Hanya Yanagihara A Little Life 12 May TBA

Final Wrap-Up Lunch and Book Selection for next year, June 9th

Other titles that might be of interest:

Common Ground
Justin Trudeau

A Man Called Ove Frederick Backman

The Night Stages Jane Urquhart

Me Before You JoJo Moyes

The High Mountains of Portugal Yann Martel

A Siege of Bitterns (#1 in Birder mystery series) Steve Burrows

Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff

Billie (Trans. fr. French) Anna Gavalda

The Neapolitan Novels (Nos. 1 – 4) Elena Ferrante

Elizabeth Is Missing Emma Healey

No. 4 Imperial Lane Jonathan Weisman

The Crossing Andrew Miller

Grit (non-fiction psychology) Angela Duckworth

Girl Runner Carrie Snyder

Victor Enns writes poetry, reads,and reviews fiction. Boy (Hagios 2012) was published in May, and Lucky Man, (Hagios 2005) was short-listed for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

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