Saturday, March 03, 2012

Dr. Z Records the Roman South Theater in Jerash.

Photo of Jaresh, Jordan
Traveling to Jordan was a wonderful experience. You will find my musings and reporting in previous and subsequent postings. Believe it or not, I after 5 days of non-stop conferencing, consulting, broadcasting and schmoozing, I had a day to play tourist. I wanted to go to Petra, but It was a 3-hour drive each way which meant 6 hours in the car on my only day off. Therefore I decided to join my friends, Andrew and ??, in a visit to Jerash. 50 Kilometers north of Amman, it was only an hour drive to the location. It is known for its Greco-Roman ruins. It was conquered by the Romans in 63 BC and absorbed into the Roman province of Arabia in 90 AD. We visited a number of the ruins including the Hadrian's Arch, Hippodrome, South Gate, Zeus Temple and the South Theatre. We enjoyed the Hippodrome and Arch but I was really interested in the South Theatre.

This amphitheater has some of the best acoustics around.  Stand in the center of the stage in a selected square meter and you will find yourself in the "sweet spot."  It is designed that if you even whisper from that location you will be heard from throughout the theatre. This theater will seat up to 3,000 spectators. It is still used for some concerts and events.

Here is a video I made of a couple of performing Jordanian musicians.  It was amazing to see the number of bagpipers I bumped into during that week.



While standing there, Andrew urged me to sing my song about writing ABCD objectives.  here it is. At long last you will be able to see/hear a recording of Dr. Z singing "Are You Going to Write Objectives?"  The best part is that it is being sung in a Roman Amphitheatre
in the middle of Jordan. This must be serious!  BTW, notice how far away Andrew was from Dr. Z when he was signing this. There was no microphone, just the incredible acoustics.


So it's a little flat . . . it's the thought that counts. 

I hope that you enjoy these videos. It's just the beginning of my Jordan report.  Give me some feedback. What do you want to know?

Z

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