This week, after expecting it for six months, I received a CD of Slow Road Home in mp3 format. More than six hours of reading was recorded over some seven sessions at WVTF last September for the Radio Readers program for the visually impaired. It took far longer than I’d expected to get the compiled disk.
Now, in the midst of so much other busy-ness, I’ll need to decide what–if anything–to do with some or all of it. The options range from simply copying the disk and sending it to a few relatives and friends all the way to converting (some or all of) it to *.cda format playable in all CD players complete with musical transitions and little inserts of “backstory” text by the author about the events pertaining to particular pieces.
The latter, ostensibly for sale, would have to be formatted into chapters or at least smallish, findable chunks. It would need to be packaged with yet-to-be-conceived graphic work for the jewel case. And it would need to be marketed and distributed somehow, if not simply to local, drive-to-able sites along the parkway and in Floyd and Roanoke. (Anybody with experience creating books-on-CD? Online sales would be good. What could you share?)
I’ve only had time to listen to the first 20 minutes or so, but all modestly aside, I was surprised to find it rather pleasant and entertaining listening–the kind you do with your eyes closed, imagining the speaker, what he sees and feels on his skin as he talks of present moments in a tranquil and beautiful place. Polished? Hardly. But not all that bad, as folk-stories go.
I’ll probably put clips up on the blog soon. I’m open for any ideas or suggestions you might have–if there are any of you Fragments readers out there that survived the blog-transition; many have dropped off the map for now or for good. But for me, this is another thing not done in a vacuum. You’ve been my sounding board for years, blog-readers. I hope to have you around for this next chapter of audio CD and Book Two–about which, more soon!