When I saw StoryCorps in the header of my Daily Good message, my heart jumped, and I marveled at the coincidence that this message was sent on the very day of a news story about the earliest known sound recording, made in 1878 with Thomas Edison's equipment on a piece of tinfoil. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=163600801
Coincidence because I have such a vivid recollection of hearing Dave Isay and Ira Glass give a presentation to Chicago Public Radio listeners, years ago, referring to the invention of sound recording. It was, in fact, to preserve people's souls that sound recording was invented. The RCA logo of the pooch next to the gramophone speaker, the most widely recognized trademark of its time, was originally a painting of the pooch and speaker sitting on top of a coffin. "His Master's Voice" was the legend.... and that was what Edison imagined as the utility of recording. (He didn't think it was possible to achieve the fidelity necessary for music.)
I do believe that “The soul is truly contained in a person’s voice.”
I hope Dave Isay heard this story today.