FAMILY REUNION

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FAMILY

Reunion

SEND A SOUND

I was in awe listening back to my great aunt, speaking into a cassette tape recorder in the 1980's saying, "I just hope someday someone will listen to this and be interested in these stories."  It melted my heart. You can scroll down to find this recording but I encourage you to read on here first. In honor of the sound that was left behind by my ancestors on various cassette tapes, I'm encouraging you to "send a sound" to your loved ones too. But first, let me talk a little about sound. The Common Ground SOUND project actually has much to do with sound. Maybe that's obvious and maybe it's not. Sound is very important to me. I have been studying sound for over 40 years. Sound is a powerful thing. After all, God spoke - through sound, everything into existence. Think for a moment about the power of the sound of children laughing on a playground. Now think of the power of the sound of neighbors fighting with each other, yelling and crying. Those are sounds being released into your atmosphere - into your "space" and they are powerful sounds. Think of the power of the sound of rain, or a flowing river, or birds singing at sunrise. Think of the power of the sound of an orator like Martin Luther King or Billy Graham. Sound carries so much more weight than we might realize. The sound of a human voice relaying a message is an amazing gift. So, I'm encouraging you to click this link, buy one of these novelty cassettes, record a message on it and then send a sound to a family member. 

NOW, CLICK/SWIPE RIGHT FOR MORE ON SOUND >

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OR SCROLL DOWN TO HEAR FAMILY REUNION: "MARY RAE"

FAMILY REUNION - Mary Rae Vol 1

While listening to these recordings, don't think about quality of technical sound, even though I've done my best to edit and remaster these recordings. Think instead about the quality of familiar sound. Think about the storyteller's life as you hear her ever so gently puff on a cigarette in between her woven tales. When I hear that sound, I immediately smell tobacco burning and I feel I am sitting right there with her, in that time. These sounds were captured on cassette tape in the late seventies or early eighties. This is the sound of a Texas woman from another era. This is the sound of heritage celebrated. It is a beauty-full sound. I know this is my family but as you listen, let their sound seep into your heart and let them become your family too.

(Oh and from a phone or tablet, be sure you click "show all tracks" so you don't miss the last track -"Santa Claus") 

Love to all, 

Jill  

While listening to these recordings, don't think about quality of technical sound, even though I've done my best to edit and remaster these recordings. Think instead about the quality of familiar sound. Think about the singers lives, audibly full of dust and smoke. These sounds were captured at a late 1970's family reunion. This is the sound of a family from another era who, after somehow surviving the dirty thirties and the great depression, was finally prosperous and living the American dream. This is the sound of heritage celebrated. This is the sound of struggles overcome. This is the sound of together. It is a beauty-full sound. Listen close to enjoy the priceless nuances heard within the quips and chuckles buried in the middle of the songs and throughout the recording. I know this is my family but as you listen, let their sound seep into your heart and let them become your family too.

Love to all, 

Jill  

FAMILY REUNION Vol 1 Keep a Sangin'

FAMILY REUNION Pearl - Sharp Ol' Times

 In this collection you'll hear Pearl sing songs and tell stories. It is such a precious volume well worth the snaps and crackles of the old recording. Pearl is well on in age in these recordings. The tracks begin with a joyful "Are you ready?" from Pearl, and then fade at the end with Pearl reflecting. "We had some sharp ol' times ... trying to make a living..." she says. This is the sound of a true pioneer woman. This is the sound of a joy that had the power to conquer all adversity. This is the sound of the mother's voice. It is a beauty-full sound. You might have to listen closely to make out the words but you will be so glad you did. I know this is my family but as you listen, let Pearl's sweet sound seep into your heart and let her become your family too.

 

Love to all, 

Jill  

 

FAMILY REUNION Vol 2  - Gospel Sangin'

This collection is almost my favorite one. The first track is hilarious to me, and just keeps getting funnier and funnier the longer it goes on. But then finally! (You'll see what I mean.) Let me say this again: While listening to these recordings, don't think about quality of technical sound, even though I've done my best to edit and remaster these recordings. Think instead about the quality of familiar sound. Think about the singers lives, audibly full of dust and smoke. These sounds were captured at a late 1970's family reunion. This is the sound of a family from another era who, after somehow surviving the dirty thirties and the great depression, was finally prosperous and living the American dream. This is the sound of heritage celebrated. This is the sound of struggles overcome. This is the sound of together. It is a beauty-full sound. Listen close to enjoy the priceless nuances heard within the quips and chuckles buried in the middle of the songs and throughout the recording. I know this is my family but as you listen, let their sound seep into your heart and let them become your family too.

 

Love to all, 

Jill