I would like to listen to Leonard Nimoy read Ray Bradbury stories for the rest of my life. As a New Yorker, I spend a lot of time with headphones wedged into my ears and stories making their way through the electric wires into my brain. Not all narrators are the most melodic. Not all narrators are even worthy of the job they have been given. But in the weeks after Leonard Nimoy’s death, this lovely audio recording of his reading of “There Will Come Soft Rains” from The Martian Chronicles again became popular and will be everything you need for a wonderful commute this week.
Growing up, I watched a lot of Star Trek. In fact, it was the background music to more than one dinnertime in the Berkey household. Granted, in 1987, it was thanks to the wonderful technology of the rabbit antenna system instead of some hi-tech wifi/streaming set up. (If you don’t know what a rabbit system is…well, you’re very young.) We sat at the kitchen table, fighting over who would hide what in whose dinner (Two boys and a girl? Please. We tortured each other) and always in the background were the soothing sounds of the Starship Enterprise. I immediately associate all cadences like Nimoy’s with calm, peace, and home.
As a result, when this YouTube resurfaced this week, I was taken back to not only the wonderfulness of Nimoy’s storytelling and rhythm, but to a place where stories were simply and perfectly the backdrop of my day. Please give this lovely 15 minutes a listen if only to remember how a story should sound in your head when you read it.