Davyne Dial was generous with her time and knowledge. I learned quite a bit about becoming a licensed radio station, and what it takes to keep it running. She is an inspiration to me, and a possible mentor, as I work toward establishing the Listen & Be Heard Network here in Greenville.
Even though we are connected globally, we are still living locally. As my roots roam and reach and replenish me, the Upstate of South Carolina has become the new home base for Listen & Be Heard, which will only serve to expand on the connections and creations that came before. Listen and be heard in South Carolina, in America, on Earth. What's the alternative?
We need to be heard. It is important, even if no one else listens. We need to be able to listen to our own inner voice.
I'm reading you the previous chapters of Listen & Be Heard from my faulty memory, because there is another chapter coming. But in many ways that story is my story. I said I wanted to be really, real with y'all. So here is another angle of the same story.
It seems to me, from the vantage point of a 59 year-old woman, that some of the most brilliant people are also some of the most kind and encouraging. Maybe I wouldn't have started Sunday Afternoon Stories if he hadn't spoken to me that night. He listened to me. He heard me. He gave me a message, and I took it to heart.
Being heard isn't as easy. Opportunities to be heard are rare, and it's even more rare to feel heard.
Any practicing artist in any medium will recognize the existential struggles of the mostly ordinary people who are the Artstars.
He gave generously of his time to everyone, and his knowledge of every aspect of the visual arts was vast. But he didn't just know a lot, and he wasn't just helpful and kind, he was also prolific.
I’m a Roberta Flack fan. The first time ever I heard her voice, I was touched by her depth of feeling and purity of sound. She reached out to a part of me that is innocent, full of awe, and imbued with love. That is a great place to dwell when you can find yourself... Continue Reading →
Dear All, This will be my last letter from the editor of Listen & Be Heard. Times are changing, and I am changing with them. Listen & Be Heard the open mic, Listen & Be Heard the newspaper and website, and Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe have all been learning experiences for me from... Continue Reading →