Of the 77 audio readings offered in this site, sixteen have been performed by Paul Meier (bio), who is a good friend, professional actor, and dialect coach. All readings are easily found in the Index of All Audio Readings. Paul's interpretations inject both energy and subtlety into the poems, and I'm very grateful to him for his time and effort in recording them.
For adventurous listeners, my son Brian Harris (bio) has composed, performed, and recorded a voice/percussion chant, Bunga Rucka, based on my 1995 poem of that same title. His recording is offered here in MP3 stereo as well as streaming RealAudio mono.
In March, 2006 I have included my musical composition entitled Father, How Can I Hear You?, subtitled "A Song of Renewal," as performed by soprano Martha Baumann, alto Pat Lundy, and pianist Linda Harris (my wife).
There are 60 of my own readings within this audio section, and I'm grateful to Brian for operating his digital sound equipment to record them during several of my visits to his home in Arizona.
The streaming RealAudio readings seem to sound somewhat better than the wave files, and require an initial wait time of only a few seconds. To play them, however, your computer needs to be running a fairly recent version of the free RealPlayer software (Download here). Warning--RealSystems strategically downplays the visibility of the link to its free version of RealPlayer, doubtless hoping you'll pay them money for their RealPlayer Plus version--which you don't need, at least for these readings. Search carefully and you should find the FREE download link.
For those who prefer not to use RealAudio, almost any computer with sound capability can play the wave files that are offered on about half of these readings--but after a 2- to 4-minute download time for each poem (modem users).
If RealPlayer is already installed on your computer but you still have difficulties in getting the RealAudio files to play, you may wish to (re)install the newest version of RealPlayer or e-mail RealSystems Technical Support.
Have fun with the readings.
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