"I don't sing because I'm happy. I'm happy because I sing." - William James

This morning, bleary-eyed and hungry from having to wake up early in the morning for work, I was greeted by a wonderful voice. It came from Tim Blevens (sp?), an African American man who stood very simply in the walkway tunnel that connected the entrance of the A train station on 190th street off of Broadway to the subway platform area itself. He has a gorgeous low voice, and it echoed through the station. I had to stop, turn around, and ask him his name. He had a NY baseball cap upturned on a plastic crate box, wore black shorts and a black tshirt, and was very lowkey in manner. But man, that voice!!! I had to tell him I appreciated it, asked him if he’d be around, and that I was a singer as well. I wanted to help him in some way – it’s hard being an artist with low funds, sometimes, especially when you want to help other people whom you notice and appreciate.

So, to you, Tim – this audioboo! It’s not much, but it’s something.

And I would like to take this opportunity to promote two neat applications of technology: Audioboo.fm, a sort of “Twitter” for audio around the world, and BBC’s “Save our Sounds,” a World Service project(@BBC_SOS on Twitter). If you tag an Audioboo you make with BBC_SOS, you add it to the vast collection of sounds heard around the world. I learned of this project during #140conf when Kate AG (@RadioKate)spoke on a panel regarding “how twitter is shaping and disrupting across different media and news projects.”

The audio of Tim singing is a perfect example of these two projects/concepts in action, I think.

You can hear the rest of my boo’s at my audioboo profile – if you wish, sign up, follow me, and I’ll do the same! I’ll be doing live cabaret boo’s, maybe a rehearsal or two, sounds of New York, conversations with my hubby, etc., more often in the future.

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