Do you remember the first time you heard a recording of your voice? I’m not referring to a singing competition or demo album. Just in general life. Was it watching a family event over video or movie playback? Voicemail.
I remember mine, it was a cassette. We lived far away when we were little and would periodically receive messages from relatives tucked in packages on cassette tapes. We’d put them in and then listen to their stories or conversations. Then we’d record our own and send them back. The first time I heard mine I was horrified.
It was so squeaky, so tinny, so young. I was 7 or 8, but somehow that still mattered then. No amount of explanations would convince me that’s not what I always sounded like.
Over the years there have been so many more, on an answering machine, a few more cassettes to friends while in college, over a loud speaker in a store I worked in, over a seemingly endless series of work voicemails, but nothing compared to the first time I heard my own voice.
This struck me tonight as my son was creating a video commentary on the latest video game release to upload to youtube.
He doesn’t remember the first time he heard a recording of himself.