During our recent, annual trip to the beach, as I carried out the usual activity of sitting and taking it all in, I thought about the way sounds enhance life. Sounds of nature are high on my list of favorites, and when I think of natural sounds, I first think of water. First among water sounds is the sound of the ocean waves, rolling in rhythmically and perpetually.
I like the sound that’s come to be known as “the babbling brook.” And waterfalls, whose sound can be similar to either the brook or the waves, or anywhere in between. A gentle rainfall can be a pleasing sound, especially when I’m in bed drifting off to sleep. Another pleasant sleep-inducing sound is the symphony of crickets, tree frogs, etc., on a balmy night.
There are one or two bird sounds that signal the end of winter and beginning of spring. Always welcomed. Yet also, I really enjoy the brash, jungle-like call of the pileated woodpecker.
The list of my favorite musical sounds is a challenge to curate and nearly impossible to winnow down. I love to hear live a full symphony orchestra or a talented rock band. Very loud sounds and very soft sounds in appropriate places make my list of favorites. Also, a well-positioned rest. Wow, what a great sound.
I love vocal harmony, the more parts the better. And a well-played instrumental solo. I’m partial to guitars. Tunes sometimes rise to an ethereal level. Any of them have to be included among my favorite sounds.
I myself have been lifted to an ethereal level by a newborn baby’s first cry. All the more so, if that cry comes a few anxious minutes after birth.
Near the top of the list is a child’s giggles and laughter. And the sound of their voice when they say, “Granddaddy.”