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Hearing it out loud

Last night I recorded the audio version of "No Greater Love Than This". 

Well, I recorded it twice, actually. I did it wrong the first time, and had to redo it all immediately after.

It's interesting hearing myself read it. I'd read it aloud before, of course, as I think that's vital to the writing process.

But hearing my own voice played back, and the way that I apparently think phrases should be emphasized, or not, was insightful.

I tried not to force anything, I tried to just let it happen, and let the emotion — or sometimes lack thereof — express itself.

I wish I'd recorded myself reading it earlier. I'm not sure I would have changed anything, but I would have had a clearer picture of the various tones and emotions throughout it.

Oh well, now I know for next time.