Unfortunately, it's not that easy to have these clips hosted online, because the moment you play them they eat up bandwidth somewhere else. Most free file hosting sites like FileDen impose a cap on the streaming audio bandwidth you can consume for a month. Beyond that and the clips won't play anymore--not until the bandwidth meter resets 30 days later. I used FileDen to host my early audio clips here, and the meter dried up fast.
So I've done something better. I've gotten a paid account in Podbean.com to allow me to share with you as many audio files as I like. For around $50 or P2,300 a year, I can enjoy unlimited storage space for my files, plus every month I get an additional 100 MB free to keep pace with my storage growth. Actually, hosting audio files is an easy job for Podbean; the site is designed for publishing and servicing the much bigger bandwidth needs of podcasts. Judging from the reaction to my first-ever solo podcast (I hear you cackling, Benj!), I think I'll limit myself to as few as necessary for now.
Instead, I'd like to use my humongous bandwidth to upload entire musical soundtracks to this blog. How does that sound? Rather than giving you bits and pieces of, say, "ZsaZsa Zaturnnah," maybe I can share the whole shebang, from Ada's opening narration to the minus-one of "Ikaw ang Superhero ng Buhay Ko." Nah, but Zaturnnah's already popular as it is. I'm thinking of rarer albums like "Katy," or "St. Louis Loves Dem Filipinos," or "Alikabok." Ruel Jacob from Brussels, Belgium recently e-mailed me to request a feature on "Larawan" (the musical). Consider it done, Ruel!
And Broadway musicals! "Light in the Piazza" playing in my blog. Wow, what a vision. Perhaps every month I can spotlight a favorite original cast album, from "Oklahoma" to "Cabaret," "Gypsy" to "Jersey Boys." Or anything from the mounds and mounds of pop-jazz-classical-what-have-you CDs I've collected through the years. I'm so giddy thinking about it all I'm getting a headache...
Well, now that the blog is souped up to do that, what would you like to hear? What songs or performers or soundtracks would you like me to share in this blog? You're my guests, I'd like to hear your opinion. No 50 Cent or Ludacris or Britney, please. Am a bit too old (there, I said it!) for hip-hop or bubblegum pop. Usher, maybe, since he's appeared as Billy Flynn in "Chicago." David Hasselhoff? Shut up.
Here's a perfect example of what I'd like to use my Podbean account for--something you'd find only in this corner: a rare and high-quality audio clip of Lani Misalucha singing a radiant version of Stephen Sondheim's "Children Will Listen." Talk to me!