The Raven

October zoomed by for me. I barely got a grip on fall coming and it’s already Halloween. That means another last-minute, rushed blog post. I didn’t intend for it to go that way, this month is my favorite one of the year and I try to do something special photography wise. But I haven’t gone through and edited hardly any of the 800+ photos I’ve taken this month (for a reason, Les will be working very late hours with the main election and I’ll have the computer all to myself).

October 2016 is also Les’s and my 10th wedding anniversary, but being married isn’t really a big deal for us. When I tried writing about being married for 10 years, the only thing I could come up with that was different in my life was legally binding myself to Les’s family. That started out with how much worse it would be if I had a baby, and then turned into a rant about the awful and disgusting Mormon practice of baptism for the dead. And it was making me mad, so I trashed it.

So that really only leaves Halloween, which is by far my favorite holiday. Last year was the first year in a very long time that I didn’t do anything for Halloween, but this year I have a job where dressing up is encouraged, so I did. But other than that I didn’t really do anything Halloweeny, no parties, no trick-or-treaters, and I couldn’t really find anything spooky on Netflix that appealed to me tonight. So I turned to YouTube, and after some random clicking I ended up watching a bunch of different readings of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, “The Raven.” Which is not only a great poem that is spooky enough to have become a Halloween staple, it is also about my favorite bird (they’re so cooperative with the camera).

Raven at Petrified Forest
Raven at Petrified Forest
Talking Raven
Talking Raven
Raven at the Grand Canyon
Raven at the Grand Canyon

And I decided the best thing I could do to keep up with my goal to post once a month was to share the best one I found. I watched several, and there was some deliberation, but in the end this one was the best.

I watched videos with the famous readings, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Christopher Walken, James Earl Jones, etc… a lot of them have background noise or music added that I found distracting. I really like Christopher Lee’s voice, but his reading is very slow, I understand suspense, but I am not a patient person. Vincent Price was very good, but of course it was old, so the quality wasn’t very good. All the Christopher Walken versions I could find had background sounds, some of which were way too loud. Of course James Earl Jones has the best voice, but I also liked his pacing and this video, which doesn’t have a bunch of spooky imagery, but also no sound effects, so it’s really easy to listen to with your eyes closed and let your imagination run wild.

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