Quest for Sound Memories
It is astounding how a piece of voice or song or sound has an indelible
quality more powerful than photos or family films.
It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul - I wonder now.
Working with the Quest and the small, intense, moving stories that
sound provoked makes me think that it may be sound that holds
I think of the "Sound Restoration" piece and the 80-year-old daughter
hearing her Swedish mother's voice restored from so long ago - they were
transported to another time. From behind the curtain we know the daughter
responded "Hi Mom" from her wheelchair when she heard her long-dead mother
calling out to her over the radio. It is physically wrenching. My mother
died when I was two and I have realized, working the Quest, that I would
trade every precious photo I own, to have a tape, with just a phrase or two
from my mother.
The calls were often better than the tape they referenced and mostly
remarkable just for the willingness to share. Tears of one kind or another
were guaranteed - whether it was out of boredom, hilarity, or being caught
unaware by a moving story. Undoubtedly my favorite sound message was from
the Electric Fan Collectors of America just for sheer delight. The most
jarring message was from a fellow with brain damage from a drug induced
accident who played a tape of his healthy "aristocratic" voice from before
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