The Power of Sound
Sound reaches us through more than our ears – it seeps into our skin and bones and hovers in our psyche. Voices are as individual as fingerprints, and more powerful. When a friend you haven’t seen in a long time unexpectedly calls, you say, “It’s so good to hear your voice.” Music amplifies the power of sound, stirring memories, inspiring action and creating connection. Music is sound that creates a bridge to new dimensions.
The Sound of the Popular Voice
Music may be considered a form of journalism when it expresses the popular voice, often unedited and crying out for truth and understanding. The overwhelming impact of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010 that resulted in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico inspired Gulfport, Mississippi teenager Aubrey Hayes to write the “Song of the Sea.” This public radio story originally aired on Mississippi Public Broadcasting on April 8, 2011.
The Power of Sound in Song
Love is one the most common themes in music. Songs of love echo in our souls. “Love Bids the Hungry Come” by TR Ritchie is from the CD Wild Horses. It is a an example of the beauty that can be created with 2 minutes and 25 seconds of sound.
About Rhonda J. Miller
Rhonda is a writer and audio producer whose experience includes work as a public radio and newspaper reporter in Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Her stories have won Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow awards. She has also done freelance radio stories in California, Connecticut and Virginia for Voice of America, NPR, AARP Radio and WSHU Public Radio. Her radio stories are also distributed through Public Radio Exchange and many are posted on her website http://folkriver.net/ Rhonda is reporter and producer at WKU Public Radio in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She also teaching writing and podcasting for the Pittsburgh-based Creative Nonfiction Foundation.