This piece belongs to the series "Incarcerated Youth Speak Out"
Produced by Nicci
Other pieces by Blunt Youth Radio Project
Posted on May 18, 2013 at 06:59 PM
This piece is the personal, riveting reflection of a seventeen year old mother of two who has been incarcerated. While the story is about a teen mother, it defies all stereotypes and judgments; the narrator’s voice and delivery strips the piece down to its element; a journey of emotions, from joy, regret, pain, love and longing.
Hearing the innocent voices of the narrator’s children immediately pulls the listener into the story. The snippet from the children’s father is touching, and provides a more complete picture of the yearning created by a distance between parents and their children.
The music is pleasant and suits the mood of the piece, though the repetition of the same few chords becomes a little old. The organization of the piece is a little fragmented, with some word endings dropped and some early cutaways.
However, this piece certainly deserves to be broadcast and heard; whether you are a mother, a father, a son or daughter, the narrator’s honesty is fresh and most certainly speaks to the heart.
Posted on March 31, 2007 at 10:25 PM
"Speaking to My Heart" is a well done piece about teen pregnancy. In this piece, the narrator reveals just how difficult it is to find the balance between being an adult and being a teenager when you have kids of your own to raise. And although the narrator does make the mistake of leaning more towards her teenage life and ends up having to serve time in jail, she does realize her mistake and promises to be a better mother. I appreciate this message the piece carries because it gives hope to those who are in the same situation confirming that other teen mothers are fighting to make positive lifestyle changes as well.
One of my favorite parts about this piece was the beautiful music choice. The music was soft and pretty and complimented the narrator's voice very well. Furthermore, the kids audio clips of short conversations with their mother really added to the piece and made it that much more personal and real.
Posted on February 02, 2007 at 06:20 AM
Parent hood is hard no matter how old you are. Some teen parents go young as 12 years old. Many teenagers think it's hard in the city, but out on a reservation it is hard because there is no place to take your child to a baby sitter. Nicci takes you to a timetable of when she had here first child at 14 and her second at 17, then being incarcerated. Nicci adds her boy and girls voices to her piece and the music grabs onto the listener with emotions. The emotions that grab you are sorrow, anger, happiness, and other types that you would feel torwards what she is talking about. She does a good narration with live recordings. She keeps a steady pace with her narration, doesn?t stutter, and keeps a strong, steady, gentle, voice so listeners will be grab by her emotions. As A would-have-been father I feel the same way as the kids' father. You would always want to be there with your kids. Now Nicci is going get a new start after getting out of prison. Take a listen and YOU might think differently about having a child.
Posted on January 16, 2007 at 11:10 AM
Worth a listen and consideration for air play.
It's a first person "essay" by this young mother who yearns for a second chance at bettering her life and those of her two young children after she is incarcerated.
The piece is nicely produced with music woven through, although at times it's inserted to manipulate your feelings when the narrative alone would have sufficed. But, the music is not offensive, just overused at times.
Piece is also nicely edited. Narration around clips of her children and former partner are nicely produced and flows effortlessly.
Narrator is very articulate, mature and sympathetic. You are drawn to her story and you cheer for her success.
It would make a nice Mother's Day piece but also at any time.
Posted on December 01, 2006 at 08:38 AM
Being separated from your parents can be a devastating experience, unfortunately some children experience this at a young age. In the piece "Speaking to My Heart", a young mother of two, shares her experience of being separated from her kids. She has a little boy who is 3 yrs old and a girl who is 1 yr old. Both her and their father is incarcerated. She tells her story about how hard it is for her to not be able to see all the new things they learn. For example her daughter's first step was not towards her. She feels like she has screwed up their lives. When they get out of prison, they want to be two stable, consistent parents, but she worries about the time past that cannot be relived. The transitioning in this piece definitely captured my attention because, apart from using music to go into each part, the voice and laughter of a child's voice was used. The mood was very poignant, it made me want to cry; this was reflected in the narrator's voice, and the sad music. The narration also helped by, using a time line format. The listener was able to understand each step of their journey, from her having her first child at 14, to having her second at 17 to being locked up, and finally trying to make a change for her children's sake. The conclusion left the listener with a melancholy feeling. Overall really good piece, filled with emotion, and wonderfully placed elements.
Posted on November 30, 2006 at 11:26 AM
Parent hood is hard for anyone..and even more if you are young. Although you feel you the need to be there for you children, you also free the need to be free. 17 year old Nicci takes us on her journey, between drugs, parties, jail and ultimately providing for her two children. This piece holds so much emotions, I can promise it will even make even the hardest listener smile.. Her personal narrative, is laced, with the voices of her children, that add a needed dynamic to this piece. Over all this is one of my favorite pieces.. Listen, and it might be your too.