Lindsay's Voice

milesian's picture
Submitted by milesian on Wed, 2005-12-14 18:57

I really appreciated being able to hear Linz's opening statement. It told me more about him than all the words he has written. I believe in the unity of Mind, Body, and Spirit. We are born to be a certain height and weight, to have some types and levels of intelligences. What we make of those potentials is a consequence of our spirit. Linz's voice is the result of a benevolent spirit, guiding a capable intelligence. He also seems to enjoy eating.

On the other hand, Leonard Peikoff's nasal whine grates on my nerves, no matter what he has to say.

David Kelley has a good delivery. You might think that is "natural" his being a college professor, but that is not enough. We all have heard too many professors who sound like Dr. Peikoff.

You can do something about your height -- but not much. You can do a lot about your weight. You can do wonderful things with your voice. It just takes will, practice, and maybe some tutoring.

When I grew up in Cleveland, we had an announcer named Ernie Anderson, whom we all knew as Ghoulardi or "The Ghoul." Other tv stations picked up on the antics and had some "Dr. Morbius" or whatever act funny during breaks in grade B black and white monster movies late at night. But Ernie Anderson invented the shtick. He was the first. Of course, he had been a radio announcer before going to WJW-TV in Cleveland. Even when he as so wildly famous as The Ghoul that this shticks rippled though the classical music audiences at Severance Center -- (George Szell did not understand the reference) -- Ernie Anderson still did the weather sometimes and other announcing work for the station.

Well, he left Cleveland and went out to Hollywood to make his fortune -- which he did. In the early 1970s, for about 10 or 15 years, he was earning $100,000 a year doing commercials. He had taken voice lessons.

Much of it was self-taught. He just practiced. He worked at it. He was already a professional -- radio, tv, the Ghoul -- but he worked at his craft, and perfected it. And it made him rich.

So, when I heard Linz's opening remarks, and remembered Ernie Anderson, I also remembered the sound of fingernails on a blackboard telling me something or other about Objectivism. It seemed pretty clear to me whose message I need to hear.

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Elijah Lineberry's picture

think the second most important characteristic of a chap is how he talks.

I wish schools, films and the media would revert to the 'Received Pronunciation' of is much better to listen to. Smiling

"I create nothing. I own"


Lindsay Perigo's picture

By "posting" I meant posting the recording. I got it that you wanted to record a piece of poetry etc..

My SOLOists Speak suggestion

Ross Elliot's picture

My SOLOists Speak suggestion related to folk submitting their favourite readings in a dedicated forum. Submitting spoken versions of posts, with few exceptions, is a little silly as the eye can scan far quicker than one can hear.


Lindsay Perigo's picture

Mr. Marotta—I'm posting just so that you know your kind words have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. I noticed, and I appreciate! Thank you!

You've also reminded me to rattle my dags and record the Fundamental Stuff series to date. Coming soon, you may be sure. But first, we're going to post the Prodos interview with me that now, in true ARI fashion, is deemed never to have taken place!

Ross—nothing to stop you or anyone recording & posting something right now! Go for it!


I've come to the conclusion

Ross Elliot's picture

I've come to the conclusion that a person's voice, regardless of it's intonation, is a partial reflection of their SOL, but it's certainly not the whole story. Some people are just born with, how shall we say, "unfortunate" voices. General George Patton had a nasally, high-pitched voice yet was supremely confident and manfully commanded whole armies to victory in WW2.

Certainly, the delivery or phrasing of your speech is a reflection of your confidence. And confidence comes from experience, knowing your subject matter & and having the courage of your convictions.

Good speakers know they can wield their voices like tools or weapons. They can massage their audience or cut an opponent. The voice itself becomes one with the content.

There's also an associative element at work. To many, the upper class British voice sounds cultured & superior. Our own Perigo--hooligan backsliding aside--has a very nice BBC voice Smiling And if you listen to Antipodean broadcasters from only a few years ago you'll hear the same BBC inflection & delivery. To a Kiwi, the Australian voice sounds a tad whiney and to the Aussie, our accents sound flat. To everyone else we sound identical. The Cockney or Mancunian accent, or those from the more remote parts of the southern US can sound uneducated & suspect, while those from Scandinavia or France can sound farcical, although, ironically, the Scandinavians & French seem to be devoid of any sense of humour. Go figure. The guttural, demonstrative Teutonic voice seems particularly well suited to porn (bless their deviant little bums). It takes a bit to get past these cultural collectivisations.

That said, it's a delight and pleasure to listen to a lovely voice. In a crowded room, I've often found myself turning, almost instinctively, toward a dulcet utterance, especially if it's female. Along those lines, the voice is a supreme tool of seduction & lovemaking. God knows, for some of us it's the best tool in the box Smiling

I still think this was a good idea: Soloists Speak!

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