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Post by aradlaw » September 6th, 2020, 7:17 am

Holiday Songs by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 - 1919).

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox was an American author and poet. A popular poet rather than a literary poet, in her poems she expresses sentiments of cheer and optimism in plainly written, rhyming verse. Her world view is expressed in the title of her poem "Whatever Is—Is Best", This Weekly Poem is taken from her 'Poems of Progress and New Thought Pastels '. (1913) ( Wikipedia)
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I
Sailing away on a summer sea,
Out of the bleak March weather;
Drifting away for a loaf and play,
Just you and I together;
And it’s good-bye worry and good-bye hurry
And never a care have we;
With the sea below and the sun above
And nothing to do but dream and love,
Sailing away together.

Sailing away from the grim old town
And tasks the town calls duty;
Sailing away from walls of grey
To a land of bloom and beauty,
And it’s good-bye to letters from our lessers and our betters,
To the cold world’s smile or its frown.
We sail away on a sunny track
To find the summer and bring it back
And love is our only duty.

II
Afloat on a sea of passion
Without a compass or chart,
But the glow of your eye shows the sun is high,
By the sextant of my heart.
I know we are nearing the tropics
By the languor that round us lies,
And the smile on your mouth says the course is south
And the port is Paradise.

We have left grey skies behind us,
We sail under skies of blue;
You are off with me on lovers’ sea,
And I am away with you.
We have not a single sorrow,
And I have but one fear—
That my lips may miss one offered kiss
From the mouth that is smiling near.

There is no land of winter;
There is no world of care;
There is bloom and mirth all over the earth,
And love, love everywhere.
Our boat is the barque of Pleasure,
And whatever port we sight
The touch of your hand will make the land
The Harbour of Pure Delight.

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Post by OooThatsNifty » September 6th, 2020, 8:50 am

Quick question - would you prefer the stanza numbers read aloud or left out? Thanks!
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Post by aradlaw » September 6th, 2020, 9:38 am

OooThatsNifty wrote:
September 6th, 2020, 8:50 am
Quick question - would you prefer the stanza numbers read aloud or left out? Thanks!
I would include them since they are in the text.
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Post by KevinS » September 6th, 2020, 10:09 am

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_ks_128kb.mp3 (1:55)

You know, I'm pleasantly surprised by how this poem delights me. A nice selection!
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Post by OooThatsNifty » September 6th, 2020, 10:23 am

aradlaw wrote:
September 6th, 2020, 9:38 am
I would include them since they are in the text.
Copy that - thanks!

Here's my take:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_ag_128kb.mp3
Time: 1:53
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Post by aradlaw » September 6th, 2020, 12:26 pm

Thank you Kevin and Andrew. :thumbs:
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Post by Horner94 » September 6th, 2020, 4:14 pm

Hello,
Here is my submission: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 02:11
Many thanks,
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Post by aradlaw » September 6th, 2020, 6:51 pm

Thank you Graham and Chad. :thumbs:
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Post by debolee » September 6th, 2020, 10:05 pm


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Post by aradlaw » September 7th, 2020, 7:33 am

Thank you debolee, there are a few tech issues to correct...
- your bitrate is 125 kbps (variable), we need 128 kbps (constant) (this is set when saving/exporting as mp3
- the volume is too low at 80 dB, you should aim for your waveforms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:

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You can check your volume using our Checker program - see info at http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker You will find the volume in decibels on the Information tab. For your information, we look for around 89 dB (87-91 is OK) (all the other tech specs are there also)

- there is a repeat at 1:15 "By the languor that round us lies,"

- please add the 5 seconds of ending silence

- please include the file duration when posting your link :wink:

Could you make these corrections and upload please (using the same filename)
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Post by debolee » September 7th, 2020, 2:43 pm

aradlaw wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 7:33 am
Thank you debolee, there are a few tech issues to correct...
- your bitrate is 125 kbps (variable), we need 128 kbps (constant) (this is set when saving/exporting as mp3
- the volume is too low at 80 dB, you should aim for your waveforms to peak near the 0.5 mark, like this:

Image

You can check your volume using our Checker program - see info at http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/Checker You will find the volume in decibels on the Information tab. For your information, we look for around 89 dB (87-91 is OK) (all the other tech specs are there also)

- there is a repeat at 1:15 "By the languor that round us lies,"

- please add the 5 seconds of ending silence

- please include the file duration when posting your link :wink:

Could you make these corrections and upload please (using the same filename)
Sorry about that! Take two:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_dl_128kb.mp3
Length: 2:11

Thank you!
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Post by aradlaw » September 7th, 2020, 2:50 pm

debolee wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 2:43 pm

Sorry about that! Take two:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_dl_128kb.mp3
Length: 2:11

Thank you!
Deb
Thanks, everything is good except the ending silence, should be 5 seconds. :wink:
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Post by debolee » September 7th, 2020, 3:16 pm

aradlaw wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 2:50 pm
debolee wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 2:43 pm

Sorry about that! Take two:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_dl_128kb.mp3
Length: 2:11

Thank you!
Deb
Thanks, everything is good except the ending silence, should be 5 seconds. :wink:
D'oh. Third times the charm. 🤞

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_dl_128kb.mp3
Length: 2:16

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Post by aradlaw » September 7th, 2020, 6:33 pm

debolee wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 3:16 pm
D'oh. Third times the charm. 🤞

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/holidaysongs_wilcox_dl_128kb.mp3
Length: 2:16
I don't know what happened, the ending silence is there, but the volume is down to 80.4 dB. You didn't record the poem again did you?
You should have been able to add the silence to your take 2.
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