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Full Voice by Barbara McAfee

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Lower your voice andstrengthen your argument.

Lebanese Proverb

We convince byour presence.

Walt Whitman

 

chapter sixThe Earth Voicegut instinct, authority, and grounding

The following are examples of the earth voice. Can you hear them in your imagination?

The resonant growl of James Earl Jones’s voice slithers from behind the Darth Vader mask in Star Wars.

A Saint Bernard barks to guard his territory.

A group of Neanderthals discuss hunting strategy around the fire in a series of agitated grunts and gestures.

A mother bear warns an intruder away from her cubs.

An inebriated barrel-chested man sings as he carouses down a wintry street at three in the morning.

Johnny Cash kicks off “Ring of Fire” before a roaring crowd.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ...

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