In chapters one and two from the Handbook of the Phonograph, the preservation of voices is a topic that is commonly revisited. This notion is seen through a light-hearted lens when Mrs. Openeer hosts a “Voice Guessing Party,” in which guests would record speech onto a phonograph separately and then all guests would listen to the recordings and guess which voice matched to which person. On a darker note, the preservation of voices is highlighted when a woman that lost her child listens to a recording of his voice. In modern day, I think things like home videos parallel recording the voices of loved ones. Preservations of voices helps memories live on. This topic is of intense interest to me because it inherently separates the listener from the speaker and immortalizes someone in a specific time and age. No matter how much someone ages or how many things change, in a recording they are frozen in time. There’s something so beautiful about that. Life is fleeting, live performances vary from time to time, but a recording will always be the same. Today I think the most common form of preserving voices is recorded song and podcasts. I think when the phonograph came out, Edison made it seem like it was targeted for intellectual endeavors like speeches and teaching, but I think nowadays the first things that comes into my mind when I hear the word “recording,” is music.