We decided to start working on a CD. I chose a more varied selection
of poems from my two books, Seeking
Center and A
Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams. I included a few from
The question next was, how to do it? In a studio? With an engineer?
One constraint was money; we were doing the project on a shoestring.
After talking to people with recording experience, Marty decided the
best option was to do it ourselves.
Marty Castleberg: When we first started, I only owned a few
acoustic instruments and some old gigging hardware-my computer was
sorely lacking and I had no recording software. I used this project
as a reason to upgrade, to take advantage of some of the new software
I saw demonstrated at the nearby Apple store. I wanted to
turn a memoir I have been writing into an audio book - making a CD
with Joan would be good practice. I also bought a tutoring package
from Apple that entitled me to sit down for an hour a week with an
Apple specialist. I spent most of these sessions with "Frank," who
has worked as a sound engineer in the recording industry. Frank and
I got to know each other very well. He showed me the possibilities
while keeping me within the limitations of the tools I had chosen.
Joan: Over the next month Marty and I met to record the poems.
Recording was the first hurdle, or area of discord. I hated my voice!
Marty assured me it was fine. I wasn't convinced. Finally a theater
friend told me, "All actors hate the sound of their own voice." I
finally let go and accepted what Marty was telling me: I sounded fine.