Sunday, July 17, 2005

Ringing.



I blog for simple reasons. I love to write (although I'm not very good at it). I love to share my stories with other and hear about theirs.

When I worked in college radio, I loved finding random people to interview. Often, I found their stories to be far more compelling than that of a celebrity, for example. I went to the top of the campanile and interviewed the carillonist. The question was, what compels a person to play songs in a bell tower all day?

His answer was amazing.

When he was young, the carillonist's mother played the bells in church every Sunday. When she was murdered, he decided to learn about her strange passion for bell ringing. He fell in love with it, attended world class musical institutions and landed in Berkeley atop the bell tower. Everytime he plays, he feels like his mother is sitting next to him.


When I read people's blogs, I feel like I'm back in radio. With a simple click on "Next Blog" I can hear someone's story, the chutes and ladders of their personal growth and development. Some of the best out there explain why they are compelled to do what they do with their lives.


Do the bells toll for you? What are you most passionate about? What compels you to wake up in the morning and do what you do?

15 Comments:

Blogger Fred said...

Glad to meet another radio geek. I played records at my college station. My specialty was putting on Stairway To Heaven so I could run across the hall and have a beer at the College Tavern. (Drinking was legal at 18 back in Bedrock.)

My passions are related. First, it's nurturing my own children. Second, it's nurturing my "adopted" children - students. It's an exhilarating job and I love being in the middle of it.

BTW, don’t sell yourself short - you’re a fine writer.

8:23 PM  
Blogger dreadcow said...

I started blogging to keep my family and friends updated on what my life consists of. It's morphed into something more than that, which I will make an entry on probably later tonight.

My passions... as far as my job goes, I love public service. That's the conclusion I've come to. I'm debating looking into being a fireman when I get out of the Army. I get a lot of personal satisfaction from my job, more than I've ever had at any other job. And that's what motivates me to do my job.

Vavoom, you're a good writer. I can't keep up with how much you blog, to be honest. Makes me feel lazy. Ha!

9:49 PM  
Blogger mis_nomer said...

You write very well vavoom.

The story you wrote of is moving. It reminded me of John Donnes' meditation:

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..."

10:12 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Okay, no more "you're a great writer" stuff. You guys are friends -- you're obligated to say that stuff.

mis_nomer: Outstanding! I was making a play on Donnes' work. I was hoping you'd all pick up on that.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

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10:32 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

WOW.

Brilliant post. And a moving story.

I LOVE the client service industry, meeting new folk, gaining a momentary insight into their lives. I love to people watch and just silently observe the social dynamics and interaction.

I am also passionate about my country. I like to promote it whenever I can and when people notice this, it gives me a tremendous feeling of pride.

THANKS FOR VISITING!

10:34 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

I like the fact that people are willing to share their lives and thoughts. As for the quality of your writting, I only visit quality writers. Life is too short to waste it trying to figure out what someone is trying to say.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Raine said...

Hey, I too would have been more interested in learning about the person in the bell tower than a celebrity! In my work, I get to meet a wide array of the public. Everyone has their own story, their own life/work challenges.

I would say I'm most passionate about survival (I mean that on so many levels, lol), and I wake up to Dog whining to be taken for a walk.

And I agree with Fred - you're a fine writer, and I might add, excellent at providing all of us great bathroom reading with the sundry of topics.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Raine: I can't make comments to your blog anymore. Please tell me I'm still worthy.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Vavoom, you ARE a great writer! So take that!

The story was indeed moving. Thanks for sharing it.

Wow, you really make me look at blogs differently. Although, I think I may have already thought as much of them. There are blogs like Jason Mulgrew's and Dooce that I used to LOVE to read. Just as I do yours. Their writings were/are so hilarious that they have readers in the thousands, possibly millions. Though, they've both become some what quasi-famous for their blogs. And for whatever reason it took away why I read their blogs. I liked the fact that they were just everyday people saying what they wanted to say. Now, they know they are "watched" per se and I personally don't find it as intriguing.

Anyhow, you're blogs is one of my favorites!

I am most passionate about LIFE. Everything that comes my way, whether it'd be good or bad, I take it as I see fit and live it to my greatest abilities. I'm passionate for my son and all of my family. Life is what gets me up everyday.

3:30 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I get up everyday hoping to make a difference in a job that seems boring, but someone has to do. I'm a risk assessor which basically means I crunch a lot of numbers and let people know how safe something is.

I do this for an environmental company that deals in a lot of industrial accidents; we make sure the companies clean everything up so it is safe for people to move back into their homes. I know that even though I can't see the outcome, I never get to deal with people, it does mean something to them.

8:02 AM  
Blogger jkhkhjkh said...

VaVoom, When one sees a name like "VaVoom", and click er.. I mean double click it, one expects to see a little "Va" and at least a teeny weeny bit of "Voom".

But no, one lands up in Radio Ga Ga and Radio Choo Choo!

And for the severe and persistant, I could recommend a counciller at: http://www.imnutsincaps.blogspot.com

An I'm glad you love it, though here, in Cuba, we say "I'm loving it", based on the catch line of a particular brand of pizza.

Do visit again, but dont freak on my comments, since I love to get sarcastic and all that. That's a cure to.

Yours ever loving soulmate in the blogworld,
Pithaly

8:48 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

What a great blog! Thanks for stopping by mine.

I'll be back by...

9:48 AM  
Blogger Edge said...

What a great look into your life. It's such a coincidence that my university had a carillon in a bell tower as well. I also was in college radio. I didn't get to do interviews though. I loved hearing the bells play around noon every day. Thanks so much for reminding me!

~Jef

11:20 AM  
Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

What kind of post is this? No potty mouth, ass grabbiing OR diarrhea. Which are the only reasons I come here, by the way. That's it. Off to bed.

3:19 AM  

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