If a radio or television :30 spot is the sprint – then the recording of an audio book would have to be the marathon. And yours truly is off to the races!
I’m not sure how you spent this past weekend (aside from joining fellow Saints fans crying in their beers), but I was ankles & elbows-deep behind the microphone bringing the true southern crime drama “Murder in Coweta County” to LIFE for the krewe at Pelican Publishing.
Raw. Gritty. Visceral. Shocking. Controversial. And I feel quite safe in saying that the folks who live in and around Atlanta, Georgia today in 2014 …. would scarcely recognize Coweta County and life as it was … in 1948.
When greed, money, arrogance, power, bootlegging, racism … and southern justice collide, you have to know that it’s not going to end well. And the picture that you’re left with? Well, who’s going to want to paint that?
Enter Airlift Mike at the mic – with one big paintbrush!
~ Excerpt from Chapter One of “Murder In Coweta County”, as voiced by Airlift’s Micheal Ziants … courtesy Pelican Publishing ~
Honestly, I’ve recorded quite a few audio books – and yet never one quite like this. It’s almost as if I’m helping to perform an autopsy on the very ‘Soul’ of America. Too heavy a statement? Well, you haven’t read this book.
While we, as a country, continue to wrestle with racism & violence – from Ferguson, Missouri to the locker rooms of the NFL – now, let’s throw the legalization of marijuana issue into the pot (if you’ll pardon the pun), for this book deals with big $$ made off bootlegging during Prohibition … and the fallout that ensues.
Believe me, as a lifelong Champion of the Human Spirit, and the polar opposite, 180 degree antithesis of a racist – much of what’s in this book is awfully painful for me to articulate.
And to breathe Life into some of these characters is a seriously daunting task. Truth be known, I would never have read this book – I lean more towards spirituality, mysticism & inspiration – and now, I’m sleeping with this book. Literally.
So, hey, light another candle for me, Lord. And pray that I can effectively run this marathon … and come out the other side with even more compassion, understanding, and peace than I went in with.
Trust me. This audio book is going to make a lot of noise!
Airlift PROductions – Audio Alchemy from New Orleans since 1984