Monday, July 21, 2008

see your head in the fading light/and through the dark yr eyes shine bright

I have been trying to catch up on my listening. I always have music on around the house for the family, but I rarely listen to my pod casts or radio programs like I once did.
NPR was the soundtrack to my life as a young person. I got my news in the morning from NPR and most evenings I would listen to All things considered while I prepped as a server in both restaurants I worked. I knew what time it was according to the voice talking to me.
In 1994 when I had barely enough money to buy daily necessities like Camel Lights, NYTimes, coffee, and Rolling Rock I would still send my local station money because I really did love listening. I really did learn. I think I learned about David Sedaris on NPR for the first time and started piecing together what creative nonfiction was in my head. I knew way back then that I someday wanted to have an essay read on NPR. I am pretty certain that I am never going to be famous, but I am almost convinced that I will have an essay on NPR someday. You know when you see actors or ice skaters or ballerinas or contortionist on interviews and they tell you that they were fairly certain even from a young age that they would become this or that. Well, I feel like that too with NPR. You just say Ira Glass and all the hairs on my neck shake and shiver.


Anyhoo, I was listening to some TAL on the plane and listened to a great episode. It is here.

I reminded myself to tune the knob in my brain that allows me to pay closer attention. I am always better for listening to TAL because it makes me tune in and fall in sync with the random landscape of humanity. It was perfect that I loaded my ipod with these shows before I took my trip this weekend bc I feel like picked up on many stories and listened harder to people and lingered just a bit more over those character nuances all around me. More than anything I am aware now that it is part of my job to filter. It is part of my job to pay attention and recognize those moments when they wash right over you. When they pool at yr feet...


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10 comments:

laurie said...

The past four days has involved passing by and briefly connecting with some beautiful people...you included. I feel like I babbled silly things, for the most part, and now want to catch up and...babble in print. : )

Anyway, thank you for the good words and I'm happy I found you here.

susiej said...

Soaking you up via the printed word here is a luxury...

village mama said...

You WILL publish on NPR. XO

Amy said...

Well now we have even more in common, though I was a bit late to become a listener, and am still a spotty one. More like the buying of essentials (and identical list except in Wa I was a microbrew snob) and then at the end there... lovely list. I really like being in the present moment (except when studying). Kids are good at teaching that too eh?

remabulous said...

i would love to hear you on npr. it would be wonderful to have more stories on life and listening like the one you've told here than all the scary stuff about gas. we need your story to get us up in the morning to hear something inspiring!

All Adither said...

I love This American Life. So much. Ira really knows how to weave a yarn. Or several.

Chuck said...

You would be perfect on NPR. I've confidence that you will realize this as reality.

I'm also a huge fan of TAL for the same reasons you mentioned. The shows force you to connect with what is happening around, and in, you.

bella said...

this american life is one of my refuse to miss things every week.
I just love it.
and me too, in having a dream of one of my essay's on NPR.
:)

petit elefant said...

No kidding about NPR right? Similar dreams for similar girls.

andrea said...

well, I love this. but then, you probably already knew I would. xoxo

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