Shindig Hollow Habitat + Lang inset Me chatting and testing my “new voice” in hemlock-and-hardwood forest in Shindagin Hollow, near Brooktondale, New York. 9:00am, 1 October 2016.

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This morning, I officially welcomed my “new voice” into my life. This came after months of waiting for my voice to return to normal, an exercise in frustration and pain.

colorful maple leaves by Lang ElliottFor those who don’t know the story, I came down with throat cancer in early 2015 and subsequently had an operation followed by radiation. The treatment was successful, but my voice was damaged in the process, mostly due to the radiation. While my voice has revived somewhat, it is lower in pitch and more raspy than before, and my singing voice has been pretty much destroyed. Bummer for sure, but what the heck … the situation could certainly be worse!

So today I went to Shindagin Hollow (one of my favorite recording locations) to do a little chatting in the forest, with drip from light rain in the background. My purpose was to nurture a sense of comfort with my new voice, rather than struggling with it and wanting it to be different than it is. Thankfully, my chatting session was a success. In my own estimation, I think I sound pretty good, considering, and quite good enough to continue with my plans to do a lot of podcasting in the months to come.

So now it’s official … I hereby welcome my new voice into my life and agree to support and nurture it as best I can! A cause for celebration?

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