"Remembering Charlotte" is a true story -- or at least an authentic memory from my girlhood. I don't think there's a "message" here -- it seems to be about the things that swirl around us in childhood that we don't get. And the stories we pull together from our memories once we know the ending.
This was originally designed to be a conversation starter about gender issues.
I went outside one day in the rain and recorded the sounds. I like the crows.
"Remembering Charlotte, in the Rain"
.MP3 format, 2:35 minutes
"Review from A Bi-Sexual Youth. This piece was very strong. The way you set up the story was wonderful and the rain in the background helped the story move along and helped it stay connected. It was interesting that Charlotte wanted to be called a different name, a male's name at that. And that she showed more and more that she liked girls. It's very sad that she committed suicide. But in fact, bisexual, gay, and lesbian people have a higher suicide rate. I too, have been suicidal. I think part of it is because we go through our lives being told that our life style is "wrong" and that there is some flaw with us. But we are all human, we all love. Who we love (what gender we are attracted to) should not matter. I am very sorry about your friend. This piece is beautiful. Wonderful job." by W.J., 16 years old. PRX, July 2009
January 2008 (audio revised 2.20.08)