Friday, January 8, 2010

Dissecting Spoken Word

I've transcribed and dissected Erlichman's Daddy's Parking Lot Sermon. Lessons to take away: carefully plan the points at which you breathe. Use breaths like line breaks. Cascading line lengths can effectively separate and demarcate thoughts. One method: as a thought progresses, lines grow shorter and punchier. End with a short line, jump to a long one, new (related) thought.


  1. Check out Gary Hill's "Around & About" for structure and cadence:

  2. Thanks Nathan, really intriguing look at visual aesthetics and cadence in dialogue with language... the imagery certainly fits Hill's voice and the tone of the spoken word, too.