For nearly seven years, I wrote and read “WildLives,” a weekly nature of life commentary on public radio in southern New Mexico and West Texas. Then my late husband and I moved home to a small town in the rural Southern Rockies, and with no public radio station nearby, the commentary became a long-running newspaper column.
I enjoyed writing the column, but I missed the magic of telling my stories. So Richard, an economist and sculptor who never met a design problem he couldn’t solve elegantly and efficiently, designed and built me a recording desk–it may be the world’s tiniest recording studio!–for my office. I started recording commentaries for our community radio station.
A few years later, just weeks from the end of my mom’s life, when she was in the hospital in a city a couple of hours away, I had the idea of collecting my favorite commentaries into a CD she could listen to whenever she missed the sound of my voice. As with so many good deeds, it was not quite as simple as I thought. It quickly morphed into a Big Deal, and ended up an actual commercial production. In the process I got me hooked on audio again. (And yes, I did finish it in time for my mom to listen to it!)
Music composed and performed by David Tipton
Terraphilia Productions, 2010
150-minute MP3 containing 28 commentaries
$9.95 from CD Baby or iTunes (search ‘Tweit’)
Winner, 2011 Colorado Author’s League Awards
Magic! –CAL judges
After finishing WildLives, I was approached by an audiobook publisher interested in acquiring the audio rights to my memoir. I said I’d be happy to sell them the rights if I could read it myself. They agreed, and I began reading… and re-reading… and reading again. That project took nearly a year, and it allowed me to experience my own book–my own story–at deeper and more intimate levels than simply writing it had.Sherrie York University Audiobooks, 2011 Audiobook edition (Read by the author! Click the link to listen to a sample.)
It’s a lovely, brave, inspiring book…. Sometimes I think the highest praise you can give a book is to say that it helped. This book does that. –Barry Lopez
My recording desk sits unused right now, but lately I’ve been thinking about a children’s book idea, so I may be plugging that mic into my laptop again before too long…