Five minutes into our meeting with Rachel Hubbard of KOSU, I had almost finished my oatmeal. I glanced at Rachel Apple sitting next to me, and she had barely started her flaxseed banana bar. She was listening.
(see photo at left: Rachel Apple)
Rachel Apple, my daughter and partner in the “Every Point on the Map” (EPOTM) project, excels at listening. Her large brown eyes fixate on the source of information, and there is no breaking that “listening-beam.” At this moment, her listening beam was directed toward Hubbard talking about the art of sound gathering. And, about “Sonic IDs.“
Sonic IDs are a format developed by Atlantic Public Media. They are a derivative of the wildly popular Moth Radio Hour, only very very brief. Generally, 60 seconds or less.
Public radio stations have begun to use them for small fillers between regular spots. They’re stories told at “sonic” speed. And, they were the initial thought Hubbard had when she considered how we might partner with KOSU once we begin our journeys.
We learned about particular microphones we might order and attach to our iPhones. We learned that video files can be used for audio files if necessary. We learned that the new KOSU studio on Historic Film Row in Oklahoma City has a cool vibe. And, we learned that there might be something of value we could share on the radio from our project.
This past week has been one of the grandest growing, cooking and discovery weeks for all good things I’ve had since early last October. But I’m not going to write about any of it. I’m leaving my position at Oklahoma State University tomorrow and will be starting a new career with the Great Plains Integris residency program in two weeks. But today I’m not going to write about that either. I’m going to write about my eldest who is finishing up her undergraduate work at the University of Oklahoma. And, I’m going to show you what she did.
Rachel’s love for photography began at Edmond Memorial High School when she joined the Yearbook team. She then started her college career at the Kansas City Art Institute and completed two years of a highly rigorous program. There was a boy, however, and a family and culture she missed. So she returned to Oklahoma and eventually found her way to the right university program to complete her good work there.
I’ll be honest. I’m a complete sap when it comes describing my tender feelings toward my offspring. I treasure Rachel’s photography, pottery, fibers and art history growing experience in so many ways. But I may have found the beacon my heart will return to for years to come. That beacon emits from the deserts of the West where she traveled with a group of peers for a photography shoot. Their destinations included Death Valley, the Painted Desert and the Mohave Desert.
I had downloaded an entire album of Native American flute music to put in the background of this film. However, I just couldn’t do it. Rather, I decided to use a song my youngest introduced me to a few years ago by Copeland called “Brightest.” Rachel, today both you and your work are the “brightest fireflies in my jar.” I love you, and am very happy for you. – “Mams,” aka [kelly]
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