Earlier this week I recorded my first narration for a DVD documentary. Can’t tell you what it is yet because I don’t think the DVD has been officially announced; as soon as it is, I’ll get you a link because hopefully you’ll want to buy it. And if you do, of course it’s going to be because of me, not the title itself.
I can tell you, quite seriously, that the documentary is first class. I had a really good time playing back an almost-final assembly of the thing and then I had to go ruin it by talking all the way through. Don’t you hate people like me?
But if I shouldn’t tell you what it is (and I’m going to be honest here and say there is a Very Easy Way to find out and it involves a judicious use of the @ symbol), I can tell you that it’s even harder to narrate than I had expected – and I’d expected it to be hard. By the end of the recording, my teeth felt looser, vibrated out of kilter. And I can tell you that of course it’s immense fun: could you imagine my finding it dull?
I especially like how I didn’t write the script, there was no writing involved at all, my only contribution was my voice. So the other day I get a little success from my photography, then I got news of another play being put on, then I’m a voice guy, and in a kind of mix of prose and picture research, I was today commissioned for a Doctor Who Adventures feature. Am I multimedia or what?
But you’re wondering about the subject of this blog. And it’s just this. Despite this being a vocal gig, despite all this other non-writing work, a great joy was found in coining a new phrase. I was asked to be more peppy but not hammy so I did it pepperonily.
Feel free to use this term wherever you may.
I’m in a blathery mood this week, aren’t I?