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A Time Before Trains

by Scott Walker Thrift November 26, 2017

A Time Before Trains

Hello, I'm not sure what this is yet but I know something about it is on the right wavelength. It is a live vocal performance to provide allegorical context for Time in Color.

A Time Before Trains

The Train represents time as we know it now, time in black and white.

The Hills represent the natural order of TODAY, a 24-Hour timepiece.

The Mountains represent the summit of 365-Days in ThePresent.

 

Maybe it is audio to a video eventually?

It already has had some light editing to it. There was no actual script, ha! maybe that will be obvious (self-hatred cloaked as self-depreciation cloaked in a sarcasm that drowns out a fear of rejection)

Narratively this sort of "happened" live in about nine minutes which I cut it down to around seven. It all came together quickly enough to follow through. It took about seven hours all together to get it here. I only added one line to the original recording for clarity.

I'm saying that you can hop off the train, wander around the field and potentially pick a mountain to climb. What I'm saying is that maybe there is a whole other adventure of life waiting for you on the other side of the hill. The train will always be there to return to when you are ready because adventure does wait and one is waiting for you if you would just start looking for it.

This slightly theatrical voiceover performance reminded me of what was fun about being a Dungeon Master back in 1995, conjuring live imaginary atmospheric event descriptions with the invaluable aid of sound effects. I recall utilizing sound effects with my tape deck in the final phase of my D&D career which lastest from ages ten to sixteen. I remember coming up with improvised dramatic scenes playing NPCs and I remember being intensely aware of life in a good way that night.

I just posted update #26 on the TODAY project.

I was rushing to finish the "audio-piece" so I could rush to finish the update so that I could rush to get back to the office. By the time I sent the update out it was too late to head to the office. Nevertheless, the entire time I was rushing through the edit of this audio-piece and rushing through the update I still believed I would be at the office by now.

How do you apply that sort of deadline pressure without tricking yourself that you will actually finish in time to make it to the office? How would my day have gone if I knew I would not make it to the office? In some way, I said that to myself today, "It is important to update so I can begin the process of clearing my name from what felt like the height of vulnerability and a career low." But feelings are scrambled and amorphous, the real loss here is that I was working in a such a way that was not helpful in reducing stress and cultivating energy.

Hopefully, by writing this down and staying aware of my proclivities, I can catch them before they cause too much trouble.

Scott Walker Thrift

Scott Walker Thrift
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