I recently made a self video for a friend NOW that could be a solution. But trying to hold the I phone at the most advantageous angle (hide as many wrinkles as possible) and talk at the same time is FAR above my pay grade. So for the time being--you will have to endure the words on the page and imagine the twang in my voice as I write.
While trying to figure out how to record my voice, I began to ponder the power contained in our voices. Personally I am a huge fan of the written word, BUT it leaves much to be desired in the clarity department. There is usually little or no doubt what one means when we hear the spoken word. I could write the phrase-"OH NO, YOU DIDN'T" and leave you guessing when out of context as to my true meaning. Why I could be gleeful with excitement or mad as a wet hornet. The proof would be in the enunciation, inflection, and volume.
There are some who look upon a rural twang as ignorant and unsophisticated. Rather than accept disparaging remarks about my accent, I chose to embrace who I am and where I am from. Frankly I have received many more "Likes" than the spattering of "Dislikes" about my nice little twang. And with a little effort, I can take all the GRITS out of my voice, but for what reason? A vain effort to please those who will never be happy?
And the lilting soft twang has drawn much better responses than red faced, finger pointing, yelling ever did. There is great power in our voices and the words we choose. As with all power, it should be used wisely.
What do you imagine the voice of Jesus must have sounded like as He walked this Earth? When we read through the Gospel accounts of His time here- what inflection, what volume, what enunciation must He have had? He certainly found occasion for anger as noted in The Temple. For sure He must have raised His voice on this occasion. Those other times when He was teaching great crowds, His volume must have been raised--how else could thousands have heard Him. But those one on one parables---those teachings to the disciples---those healings---I cannot imagine anything but a gentle tone. The vast majority of His words---I imagine to be spoken in a manner which drew careful attention to His words. All would have needed to be still and quiet to vigilantly listen to The Master's words. And the echoes of His Words---have truly been eternal.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.