I don’t want to make anemone out of anyone lest there be a vocal coach in the mix, :) but since I have never heard Dave’s voice, I was curious. I listened to his poetic recitation from the podium in England. It was great to hear your voice, Dave. A nice voice it is, , and I enjoyed the self deprecating humor as well. Then I went back again to the present version. There is indeed a marked difference in cadence and tone from the reading in England and the podcast. Maybe there is something about the beat and the music with the sea creature that brings out the cantor in you, Dave. (grin).
At any rate, it’s a brilliant juxtaposition of poem and sea critter. Plus! I can now add Hicks-Jenkinsian red to my palette.