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Musician Yoko Sen became determined to transform the hospital soundscape after a harsh hospital stay

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/u-k-vaccine-rollout-why-seth-loves-christmas-ghost-stories-a-musician-takes-on-hospital-noise-and-more-1.5835992/hospital-noise-is-hurting-patients-and-caregivers-these-sound-designers-want-to-change-that-1.5836011

Imagine a hospital stay in which the background noise was not the constant or intermittent sound of buzzers, beeps, bells, pings, etc.

Instead, imagine the sound of tranquil music, ocean waves, bird song, the sound of a breeze through the trees, a soundscape that actually facilitates healing.

 

Dancing Her Way Through Life -Twyla Tharp, American Dancer and Choreographer

 

Definitely worth a listen:  https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/thursday-dec-10-2020-colman-domingo-twyla-tharp-and-more-1.5835597   (Her interview begins at 25:00)

Twyla says, “Being as strong as you can possibly be physically your entire life is a good investment for the long term.”  You can hear the strength in her voice as she advocates for movement throughout the life cycle.  She says that the disease we suffer from is denial of aging rather than aging itself.  So, hop on your bicycle (when spring returns) and, in the meantime, walk, run, stretch, skate, ski, weight-lift, dance, do yoga, Tai Chi, etc.  Find something you love that feeds your heart and soul and keeps your body moving.

I’m off to dance in my living room to my favourite music, The Cranberries singing ‘Linger.’

Karin

 

Out of the Closet and Back in Again

I’ve been editing my podcast and, after many frustrations, I’ve come to love editing more than recording.  However, through editing, I discovered the need to re-record certain words that were unclear due to inaudible prefixes; thereby, giving some statements the opposite meaning.  Well, I just couldn’t let that go!

So, I pulled out the big old empty suitcase and the large empty box that I’m saving for an imminent move that will likely be initiated by my landlord as he tries to evict the six remaining tenants of an apartment building equipped with 19 apartments.  How much of Montreal’s housing crisis is due to similar evictions and empty apartments slated for gentrification?  I digress.

I re-recorded the unsatisfactory sentences but when I inserted them into the perfect spots, they were too soft and hollow-sounding.  I need to re-record them to my satisfaction.  So, I will try again ensuring that the volume is the same as the original recordings and, hopefully, the hollowness will also be gone.

Wish me luck.

Karin

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