Jabberwocky

20 06 2013

Ok!  I just got the If Poems App recently in the iTunes App Store, and it is both cool and delightful!  You can read poems, listen to a selection of the poems being read professionally to you – including some by Helena Bonham Carter! and also some by Tom Hiddleston! – AND some you can even read aloud, record in your own voice, AND email to friends and family (these would be public domain ones).

(Should you have an iDevice (iPod/iPhone/iPad, etc.) and are a lover of poetry, please do note that the app is not universal, here meaning that if you purchase it for your iPod/iPhone, and you happen to also have an iPad, you cannot just download it to your iPad, but must purchase the iPad version separately.)

Ok!  After I listened to Bill Nighey read “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll, I decided to have some fun with the kids and put a playful, silly twist on the same poem.  So I threw on a Scottish accent with a bit of a crusty character feeling, and read it aloud to the kids who, I found, both enjoyed it and were embarrassed by it, depending on the age of the child, and some, a measure of both (enjoying it but not wanting to admit it to me;D).  And if they listened to the end, they were rewarded with a surprise mashup of the last three pages of the Berenstain Bears’ The B Book, in which the group bumped into Black Bug’s Banana Boxes (a great book for alliteration!), which broke Baby Bird’s Balloon.

Now, be gentle with me, dear reader(s – hope springs eternal), as clearly, the embedded recording shares that I can benefit from both a voice and language coach, here:

Clearly, Baby Bird is in shock.

Clearly, Baby Bird is in shock.

Edit:  I forgot to mention that I think this app would also make an ideal gift for children to send to their parents, siblings, extended family, and friends – imagine a parent helping their child to record themselves reading one of these poems aloud to send as a gift for a dear aunt or uncle – and to listen to poetry being read aloud professionally, as it’s very different from reading prose – what a wonderful, wonderful gift!  And really, it doesn’t have to be only children reading – anyone can do this, and who wouldn’t enjoy receiving something like that?  All relationships can be enriched by poetry, and we can all use poetry in our lives – I’m putting mine on an mp3 to enjoy the pleasure of hearing it whenever I want:)

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10 responses

20 06 2013
Pixel Pixie

Super classy, Mom! ;) As one of the mixed parties, I must say that you did a spectacular job with this, and if your ever delightful writing had not made this post, Baby Bird at the bottom certainly would have. :)

20 06 2013
Esh

Thanks, YOU!! I promise not to play it full blast on the car speakers in the grocery store parking lot, next time. Even though this type of behaviour was encouraged by Kid President on his 2013 You Tube address for Mother’s Day. But I digress…:D

21 06 2013
Cori

Cool! How can I hear it? :)

21 06 2013
Esh

Hi, Cori!
I believe you just click the arrow button in the SoundCloud graphic in the post on the blog’s webpage – unfortunately it didn’t populate in the subscription emails, so the blog link to he page has to be clicked, taking you there, and then it should show up;)
Esh

21 06 2013
Zoe

Congratuwelldone!

22 06 2013
Esh

Thank You, Ms. Z.; I appreciate it;)

22 06 2013
Zoe

Shared it on Twitter, too!

22 06 2013
Zoe

Reblogged this on trend & chic and commented:
When you have a moment, listen to this fun recording of “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll – with a surprise ending! It might even make you laugh. It was recorded with the iF Poems app (available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) – a delightful app that I have intended to review for some time here. Perhaps this will provide some incentive for me to finally review it!

24 06 2013
Esh

Thanks, Z! Yes, absolutely DO review the iF Poems app – there is SO much there, and it is all worth reviewing and sharing with your own heart and voice. I was just playing/goofing around/having fun, this time, but there are poems that can be done seriously, feelingly, sentimentally, romantically, you name it. A wonderful, beautiful app. Thank You for putting me on to it!

24 06 2013
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