"You have a Nice Voice"

The title of this blog post is one of those “inside joke” kind of things. It’s not that I don’t want you in on the joke, but the story behind it is not mine, and if I retold it I could never do it justice. Maybe I’ll have Jeff guest blog on here someday and tell the story.

If I were to say to you, “Name the top 10 most distinctive voices you have ever heard.” Who would come to mind? I know the first on my list would be my mom. I know, I know, almost everyone can recognize their mom’s voice, but seriously — my mom has been in this country for over 50 years and her Japanese accent is still so thick you could cut it with a finely crafted Ginsu knife. (Don’t tell her I said that, by the way.)

There are celebrities that have voices that we immediately recognize: Ronald Reagan, Aretha Franklin, Mr. T, Jimmy Stewart, Homer Simpson, Ben Stein, Rod Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Jesse Jackson. Among some of the more annoying celebrity voices I would include: Fran Drescher, Jeff Foxworthy, Rosanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, top 40 radio station announcers, that obnoxious redhead on “The View” (Joyce something or other), pretty much anyone on “The View” past or present.

What’s my point? Awhile back some of my chatty blogger gal pals were discussing what they thought each other’s voices might sound like. Pretty much all of us said “loud” (shocking, I know). I’ve been told that I have a distinctive voice, not a pleasant voice mind you, a distinctive one. As a matter of fact, a couple of months ago I ran into someone I haven’t seen since high school (more than 20 years ago). I didn’t recognize them at first but they knew me right away; not by my face, but by my voice.

While I was writing a post for my sadly neglected other blog Stuff I Painted, I came across a short video clip with my voice on it. Click on the link to hear my voice. It’s like butta, I tell you. Like butta!

UDATE: By a show of hands, how many of you went to my other site and immediately clicked on the video without reading the blog post? Sherri, did I see your hand up? Come on, higher now. I can barely see you there standing behind your couch.

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10 Responses to “"You have a Nice Voice"”

  1. Helen December 6, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    >You do have a lovely voice. Mine isn’t distinctive. I could be anybody when you answer the phone and its me, unless you have caller ID or are familiar with my sense of humour. “Hi! It’s your favorite cousin. And if you say ‘Hi Diane’ I am never speaking to you again!”. No one else in my family does that (though the males love belching humor…)

  2. vanityofvanities December 6, 2008 at 12:57 am #

    >I watched the video and then read the post. But I read the post!

    My voice sounds as young as I look. Yet another thing for me to get irritated about!

  3. sherri December 6, 2008 at 1:08 am #

    >Short Sherri here- behind the couch!
    And yes I listened first, but did read some of the post but mostly looked at your work– you are amazingly talented!

    And….I know you won’t believe this Katdish- but I had your voice down! It’s basically THE SAME voice I hear in my head! (I was waiting for a loud bodily function noise to follow but it never happened! Good girl!)

    You started talking, and I started smiling…this is crazy! I’ve “heard you” already!

    Now here’s a funny on my voice- I went through a drive thru window at a fast food place here in town and after placing my order, the lady says, “Thanks Sherri!” I say, “How did you know it was Me?” SHe says, “I know your voice–you always sound like you’re sick!”

    How would THAT make you feel?

    Big Al says I have a sexy voice- I always believed him till I found out general public thinks I’m sick!

  4. Mare December 6, 2008 at 3:36 am #

    >It’s true! That’s just what I imagined for you. Sherri with a raspy voice…surprising, but your voice is quite katdish.

  5. Beth December 6, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    >I read the post until the video. But I read the update before going to the other site, so it’s really not fair. And I tried to freeze frame it when you caught yourself in the mirror. Cuz I’m nosey like that. But it really didn’t work. Your daughter is adorable. And oh yeah…I was pretty close on your voice…I had you sounding like a very funny and sarcastic friend of mine from when I worked for Girl Scouts and you really do sound like her with a Texan accent. That’s a good thing, by the way!

    And if you’re really nosey like I am, you can go back through Mare’s blog and see video of her when she interviews Chidinma.

    See? Nosey. You all are lucky I haven’t googled your names yet. But I probably will….

  6. sherri December 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    >Beth, I did the very same freeze frame thing when she was in the mirror!!HAHA!

  7. Steph at The Red Clay Diaries December 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    >I’ll have you know that I did read the whole post. But only cuz I cheated and read the end of this post before I clicked over. AND then I read all the comments over there and added my own. AND then I read all the comments here. AND then I took note of where my blog is on your blogroll.

    I don’t know why I’m telling you all this.

    Anywho, your voice actually reminds me of mine. Further evidence that we must’ve been separated at birth. Except for the Japanese mom thing…

    You can hear my voice on my post “When insects attack.” Note the nasally constant-sinus-congestion timbre. Yeah, that’s always there.

    gownbulo: What matador princesses wear
    “Well, Ricardo, as you can see, the bull has become enraged at the sight of Sofia’s scarlet gownbulo… Oh,and THAT’S gotta hurt! Ole!”

  8. katdish December 7, 2008 at 4:08 am #

    >Oh man! I’m so predictable!

    And Sherri – I’m friendly and all, but I’m not on a first name basis with everyone at the local Jack in the Box. Do you drive up and say, “Hi, it’s Sherri. I’ll have the No. 3 with a diet coke”? (You crack me up.)

    Steph – When I run out of medication, I find that a little Ginko Bilbloba can be quite effective…

    I gotta get to sleep, peeps!

  9. Steph at The Red Clay Diaries December 7, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    >katdish – so what are you saying?

  10. katdish December 7, 2008 at 10:10 am #


    Well….I, uh…you know, I was really making more of a general statement (air quotes). Just putting that out there for everyone (air quotes).

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