The Sweetest Sound

Luisenpark in Mannheim, Germany
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What is your favorite sound?  I have several.

I love the sound of a real voice or instrument just coming through the air, without electronic enhancement of any kind — “acoustic” music.  I feel sad that many people never hear music that doesn’t come through a speaker on the way to their ear.  There’s a special magic in the quality of real sound.

I love the sound of onions and garlic sizzling in the sauté pan.   I love the sound of crickets and locusts chirping and whirring on a summer night.  I love the sound of children giggling as they play delightedly; or the sound of many people gathered for the sole purpose of having a good time.  I love the sound of happiness.

I love the sound of the voices of those I love — my son and daughter, my partner, our cats’ diverse and moody whirrings, purrings, and meowings.  These voices, in person or on the phone, always cheer me.

The sound I have come to really appreciate and enjoy is the sound of discovery.  For example, the sound someone makes in the middle of a Feldenkrais class, when they stop to sense a familiar movement and notice how it has changed as a result of the lesson.  Or the sound they make as they walk and sense themselves and feel something out of the ordinary.  “Huh.”  “Hmm.” The slight expulsion of air, a tiny bit of vocalization, that sound of recognition that something unexpected has just happened.  It is the sound of blossoming curiosity, of the beginning of improvement, the sound of a more complete and capable self-image being born.  I think that is my favorite sound.

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One thought on “The Sweetest Sound

  1. Oh, wow. I love those sounds, too. I sometimes call them “stretching breath sounds”… wordless, actually… and yet in my thinking mind’s quest to name everything! 🙂

    I also love the sculpture. There is, in the Seattle Sculpture garden, a piece called “Schubert’s Sonata” One of my “Bucket list” items is to go back there and experience the sculpture while listening to the music the sculpture is named for and then write of it.


    Thank you for reminding me of this inspiration.

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