Thursday, September 1, 2011

Things one should never outgrow:



new toys, even ones that don't yet exist.

I discovered this new word: reverb. I love this word. Defined, reverb is to cause to rebound or echo. Now here's the part I love. You probably already know this but apparently there are a variety of machines that allow musicians to manipulate acoustic sounds and patterns to make digital echoes. They instantly create their own reverb orchestra. It's like what KT Tunstall does with her famous song. Watch her feet:


I want this machine. But not for music. For life.

Imagine the words, and phrases and conversations one could save, return to and play with. Splice together. Be surrounded by. I want a way to reverb and revisit the music of my life. My missed life. My unrecorded life. My lost memories.

Maybe someone singing to herself in the other room. Maybe guitar riffs from another. Maybe Christmas morning kids. Maybe a soft loving whisper. Maybe what turned out to be the last phone call. And especially this: my Dad's voice again.

16 comments:

Nubian said...

Tear ducts. Check.

Last line had me all verklempt.

wendy said...

that would be amazingly wonderful indeed......
recall your Dad's voice

me...hear my son's voice

memories are just to dear

Kelly said...

loved the video. Maybe when we get to the other side and see the big movie of our lives it will be mixed like this. Nice post!

Pickleope said...

I'd just like to use the reverb machine during boring meetings. Your ideas are way more thoughtful.

Nicole said...

I love the way you think. I'm touched.

Vinny C said...

You, sir, think up the most excellent ideas.

Munk said...

DBS, you have talent.
Knocked the sarcasm right out of me you did.

karensomethingorother said...

hm. I have my mother's voice on two messages saved still on my answering machine.

Rebecca Kiel said...

Well said. Love your cutie picture by the way. Nine years old?

Teachinfourth said...

Again, your post leaves me thinking...

dbs said...

@Nubian Aw.
@wendy Knew you'd understand.
@Kelly I like your thinking.
@Pickleope That works for me too.
@Nicole Thank you.
@VinnyC Thanks.
@Munk You're too kind (and you're welcome).
@karen That's awesome.
@Rebecca Thank you. And I was six.
@Teachin4th Think.stew-ing.

Laoch of Chicago said...

I understand and sympathize with the idea but it could be argued that the ability to forget can be a great gift.

Al Penwasser said...

Put it on "reverb," stick it in my pants, stand by for fun. What's not to love?

paulsifer42 said...

A reminder to imprint everything I can to my mind. How I'll miss it. How I already do.

Kev D. said...

Queen's Brian May used to play super cool solos with himself. Mercury actually used to do it with his vocals as well.

In conclusion, Queen was a fantastic band.

Alistair said...

Reverb would be fun......

....but I'd want a mute button too!

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