Oral History with My Dad

Above is an interview with my dad, Mark Seu, on his experiences with music, specifically “The Grateful Dead.” I chose to interview my dad on this topic because I figured if anyone can talk about anything for fifteen to twenty minutes, its my dad on the Dead.

One of my favorite parts of this interview is when we start talking about Ticketmaster. As a Swiftie, this is a touchy topic for me as I did not get tickets to see Swift’s Eras Tour — despite waiting in line for over four hours.

The experience of recording, editing, and writing this blog post was a much larger task than I initially assumed. With recording, editing, and writing up this post it has taken me about three hours. I had assumed this would go a lot quicker, but I had a difficult time learning how to use Audacity.

Learning how to use Audacity was a learning curve for me, since I have no prior experience with editing sound or video of any kind. With the help of a friend, I was able to learn how to use the software much faster than if I was just teaching myself.

Photo that my dad wanted to include

The Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide stated that through documenting memories, the past comes to life in the present. Before this interview, I had never talked to my dad about his experiences with music or attending concerts. Because of this, I wanted to take the opportunity to record and document those stories.

Attached below is a transcript of the interview and so is the relevant metadata! The transcript was done by using a free, online software and was revised by hand.

InterviewerKathryn Seu
IntervieweeMark Seu
LocationOur home

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