Audio Recording a Life Story is easy and it Works!
Our top reasons for audio recording a life story:
The #1 reason personal historians audio record is that the LIFE STORIES GET PRESERVED! All too often, we have heard "I wish we would have captured my mother's , father's, grandparent's stories." Don't wait until you're "ready" or "have the time" to put it all in writing; it's so easy to start recording TODAY!
The recording can always be transcribed and written into a memoir, life story book, or family history weeks, months, or even years down the road. I have audio-recorded the life stories of a number individuals who have since passed away. These audio recordings became even more priceless to their loved ones; some families kept only the audio format, others chose to transcribe and compile the stories along with photos into a book. Either way, their stories are securely preserved.
Audio recording is EASY and can be done in a very short timeframe.
Precious life stories and family histories, often go unrecorded because the storyteller finds the writing process overwhelming and time consuming – audio recording eliminates this barrier. With our step by step guidelines you can start recording a life story / memoir / family history TODAY!
Voice, expressions, accents, emotions, tears, and laughter can tell us more about the individual than merely the information that is being told. The recording of my mother’s laughter as she recalls certain aspects of her life, brings me joy and feelings of deep fondness regardless of how many times I’ve listened to her story.
Your voice is a unique “fingerprint” of you – preserved for loved ones for many years to come.
Recording allows for a more relaxed setting than taking notes and allows the storyteller to speak when moved to do so vs following a script.
Recording allows for the interviewer to remain engaged in the conversation
Audio vs. Video: Video recording is also a viable option for recording one’s life story. I however, prefer audio recording over video. From my experience, video recording can cause increased anxiety for both the speaker and the listener. Audio equipment is so unobtrusive these days that most people forget the recorder is even on.
If you have ever experienced writer's block, or have been waiting patiently for a loved one to complete their story, memoir, or family history, audio recording is an approach to life-story writing you will want to explore.