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make a CD of my grandma telling stories by: lulu
There are so many stories about the family she has to tell, as well as growing up during the Depression and living through WWII... many many amazing experiences, laughs, and a lot of wisdom!
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  • img_ bring up the idea with grandma and have her get on board
    Step 1: bring up the idea with grandma and have her get on board2
  • img_   make lists together of stories she could tell... categorize and just write titles or a few words that will serve as memory triggers. don`t write every word down. the spontaneity and naturalness is lost that way.  ideas to get started: begin at the beginning. when she was born. where her parents were from. childhood: games, friends, grammar school, etc. high school. what she did for fun. how she met grandpa. having kids and what they were like when they were little. etc. experiencing historical events... the depression, wwii, jfk, civil rights movement, etc. etc.
    Step 2: make lists together of stories she could tell... categorize and just write titles or a few words that will serve as memory triggers. don`t write every word down. the spontaneity and naturalness is lost that way.
    ideas to get started: begin at the beginning. when she was born. where her parents were from. childhood: games, friends, grammar school, etc. high school. what she did for fun. how she met grandpa. having kids and what they were like when they were little. etc. experiencing historical events... the Depression, WWII, JFK, civil rights movement, etc. etc.
    2
  • img_ buy a simple digital voice recorder... make sure to get one with usb connection capability. or get as hi-fi and hi-tech as you want.
    Step 3: buy a simple digital voice recorder... make sure to get one with USB connection capability. or get as hi-fi and hi-tech as you want.2
  • img_figure out how to use your recorder.
    Step 4: figure out how to use your recorder.3
  • img_  record grandma!! before you hit record, unplug the phone in the room, close the door and put up a "quiet please... recording" sign
    Step 5: record grandma!! before you hit record, unplug the phone in the room, close the door and put up a "Quiet Please... Recording" sign2
  • img_ take breaks whenever she needs them. record again another day if she gets tired.
    Step 6: take breaks whenever she needs them. record again another day if she gets tired.1
  • img_transfer all your recorded files onto your computer (via the usb connection).
    Step 7: transfer all your recorded files onto your computer (via the USB connection).2
  • img_edit the files as you wish. (the recorder i got [sony digital voice recorder - $70] came with software to download.) break them up into different tracks. give each track a title.
    Step 8: edit the files as you wish. (the recorder i got [Sony Digital Voice Recorder - $70] came with software to download.) break them up into different tracks. give each track a title.3
  • img_ save the tracks as wav files on your computer.
    Step 9: save the tracks as wav files on your computer.2
  • img_ use a cd burning program to create a new cd. order the tracks the way you want them. burn the cd. (this is when you need the wav files.)
    Step 10: use a CD burning program to create a new CD. order the tracks the way you want them. burn the CD. (this is when you need the wav files.)2
  • img_ use ms word, paint, or whatever program you want to make a cd in$ert that lists the tracks/story titles. title your album... of course give grandma credit, as well as yourself for editing all those tracks and putting it together! don`t forget to date it.
    Step 11: use MS Word, Paint, or whatever program you want to make a CD in$ert that lists the tracks/story titles. Title your album... of course give Grandma credit, as well as yourself for editing all those tracks and putting it together! Don`t forget to date it.3
  • img_ make copies for your family members and anyone else who would enjoy it! (makes a great christmas/family holiday of your choosing gift)
    Step 12: make copies for your family members and anyone else who would enjoy it! (makes a great christmas/family holiday of your choosing gift)3
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A4S4L4
A4S4L4(1968 Days ago)this is one of the greatest things i think anyone could do.
i wish i could have had the chance with my grandparents.
i think i`m going to make a new mysomeday to do this with my holocaust survivor friend...you`re an inspiration!
(i recently bought a digital voice recorder with a usb connection, but it doesn`t seem to work with my mac...any suggestions?)
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lulu
lulu(1967 Days ago)i`m glad i`ve inspired you!! yeah, i sometimes think it might be the best thing i will ever have done in my life. i`ve made three so far of my grandmother, and this december i`ll make another. i`m also planning to do one with my somewhat newly discovered long-lost relative who is 88 years old and lives in the Village. he`s a salsa dancing and latin music expert! crazy!
as for your mac compatibility problems, i`m afraid i don`t know what to tell you. i`ve got a PC... the last time i had a mac was in 1993. :(
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A4S4L4
A4S4L4(1967 Days ago)a salsa dancing latin music expert who`s 88 and related to you and lives in the village???
WOW!
i`d love to hear that interview!
yeah...i might just have to use my parents` computer for the sound recording stuff...that`s annoying, though. you`d think with all the crazy apple products, that they would have come up with something like that by now...
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crackedactor
crackedactor(1905 Days ago)This is a great thing to do - I just recently digitized 15 cassette tapes of my Great Grandmother talking about life on the farm. It took awhile to do but I made multiple copies so hopefully the memories will be preserved for a few more generations. I`d like to make an edit with photos eventually.Flag as Inappropriate
lulu
lulu(1905 Days ago)wow, that`s awesome. that i don`t know how to do... sounds like special equipment would be needed. but i`m glad you did it! having a recording that goes back that many generations is so rare and a treasure indeed.Flag as Inappropriate
svKaleo
svKaleo(1662 Days ago)Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring and meaningful dream. An accomplished one at that! We are now planning to use our new flip camera from Christmas to capture similar stories and experiences that we`ll have to share throughout our family for years to come.Flag as Inappropriate
lulu
lulu(1662 Days ago)That`s wonderful! It`s so good to hear other people inspired to do the same thing and record the stories of their family. I`m so glad you`re going to do it!Flag as Inappropriate
globehound
globehound(1387 Days ago)Did you ever make that second round of CD`s that you mentioned on the Spotlight On page? I`d love to hear how that went as well.Flag as Inappropriate
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  • img_ bring up the idea with grandma and have her get on board
    Step 1: bring up the idea with grandma and have her get on board2
  • img_   make lists together of stories she could tell... categorize and just write titles or a few words that will serve as memory triggers. don`t write every word down. the spontaneity and naturalness is lost that way.  ideas to get started: begin at the beginning. when she was born. where her parents were from. childhood: games, friends, grammar school, etc. high school. what she did for fun. how she met grandpa. having kids and what they were like when they were little. etc. experiencing historical events... the depression, wwii, jfk, civil rights movement, etc. etc.
    Step 2: make lists together of stories she could tell... categorize and just write titles or a few words that will serve as memory triggers. don`t write every word down. the spontaneity and naturalness is lost that way.
    ideas to get started: begin at the beginning. when she was born. where her parents were from. childhood: games, friends, grammar school, etc. high school. what she did for fun. how she met grandpa. having kids and what they were like when they were little. etc. experiencing historical events... the Depression, WWII, JFK, civil rights movement, etc. etc.
    2
  • img_ buy a simple digital voice recorder... make sure to get one with usb connection capability. or get as hi-fi and hi-tech as you want.
    Step 3: buy a simple digital voice recorder... make sure to get one with USB connection capability. or get as hi-fi and hi-tech as you want.2
  • img_figure out how to use your recorder.
    Step 4: figure out how to use your recorder.3
  • img_  record grandma!! before you hit record, unplug the phone in the room, close the door and put up a "quiet please... recording" sign
    Step 5: record grandma!! before you hit record, unplug the phone in the room, close the door and put up a "Quiet Please... Recording" sign2
  • img_ take breaks whenever she needs them. record again another day if she gets tired.
    Step 6: take breaks whenever she needs them. record again another day if she gets tired.1
  • img_transfer all your recorded files onto your computer (via the usb connection).
    Step 7: transfer all your recorded files onto your computer (via the USB connection).2
  • img_edit the files as you wish. (the recorder i got [sony digital voice recorder - $70] came with software to download.) break them up into different tracks. give each track a title.
    Step 8: edit the files as you wish. (the recorder i got [Sony Digital Voice Recorder - $70] came with software to download.) break them up into different tracks. give each track a title.3
  • img_ save the tracks as wav files on your computer.
    Step 9: save the tracks as wav files on your computer.2
  • img_ use a cd burning program to create a new cd. order the tracks the way you want them. burn the cd. (this is when you need the wav files.)
    Step 10: use a CD burning program to create a new CD. order the tracks the way you want them. burn the CD. (this is when you need the wav files.)2
  • img_ use ms word, paint, or whatever program you want to make a cd in$ert that lists the tracks/story titles. title your album... of course give grandma credit, as well as yourself for editing all those tracks and putting it together! don`t forget to date it.
    Step 11: use MS Word, Paint, or whatever program you want to make a CD in$ert that lists the tracks/story titles. Title your album... of course give Grandma credit, as well as yourself for editing all those tracks and putting it together! Don`t forget to date it.3
  • img_ make copies for your family members and anyone else who would enjoy it! (makes a great christmas/family holiday of your choosing gift)
    Step 12: make copies for your family members and anyone else who would enjoy it! (makes a great christmas/family holiday of your choosing gift)3
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