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Muriel's Message

From: mira burt-wintonick
Length: 06:28

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Radio Portrait of a Grandma

Murielsmessage_small Memories of a much beloved grandmother resurface when a box of unlabeled audio cassettes is discovered in the basement. This touching audio portrait was the winner of the 2006 Best New Artist Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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Memories of a much beloved grandmother resurface when a box of unlabeled audio cassettes is discovered in the basement. This touching audio portrait was the winner of the 2006 Best New Artist Award at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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Review of Muriel's Message

?Muriels Message? makes you want to run back to your youth and jump into the arms of anyone who cared for you lovingly. This piece made me tear up, just a little, wondering if either of my children?s children will find their grandmother?s voice beyond the grave. A curious combination of nostalgia, innocence and reflection; it?s tone is gentle, like the two characters portrayed. The music early in the piece is welcoming. The narrator?s writing is scenic and her own message is descriptive yet clear and to the point. It can emotionally stir the empathetic listener.

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Review of Muriel's Message

What a beautifully drawn portrait of the person that Muriel was to this documenter, of the person that our own Muriels are to us. The young speaker's voice is soft and reflective, painting her grandmother as a "storyteller," a trait that has ironically been passed along to our narrator and yet seems unlikely by the informal labels on her audiocassettes, which have emerged from a long forgotten box. The voices in the background, both old and small, along with the elastic sounds of the piano, create a dreamy sequence that not only flood Muriel's granddaughter with emotions, but the listeners -- of this eerily familiar voice looping over and over on magnetic tape. Telling the listeners that she will call them back, though it is too late for that anymore. The speaker tells us this is "not quite the revelation I'd imagined," and yet it is somehow soothing for her to listen to over and over. I think this is a wonderful story that is simply and tidily told in just a few short minutes, and the stories and knock-knock jokes paired with the sweet squeaks of innocence, we envisioning a child wrapped up in her grandmother's furrowed and weathered arms, are undoubtedly familiar, a story of loss and remembrance we all know too well.

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