As a musician, I am interested in sound. I spend much of my time trying to organize sound in ways that delight or make sense to me ( and hopefully others). A common question that I often ask my husband is, “do you hear that?” either when we are listening to music or laying in bed hearing the mysterious knockings of the cat opening closet doors as part of her evening patrol.
Beyond the usual rumbles of cars and trucks rolling down my street, the sounds of my neighborhood include the aural landscape of critters indoors and out. My cat has a yawn that is often punctuated with an impressive scale that sounds like it has been squeezed through a vocoder. The neighbor’s chickens break out into a sudden raucous clucking that can turn quickly into silence as if they were chortling over a joke. The neighborhood dogs bemoan their pent up state and their desire for mailman thigh by singing the blues every time a siren wails nearby. The twittering, squawking and cawing of the bird life in and around my own backyard (which I find astounding and beautiful) is the pulsing bass line for these everyday happenings. May I also add that the sound of bees swarming, something that I experienced this summer as they separate to create a new hive is a hauntingly powerful moment. That, my friend, is the sound of being out numbered.
Earlier this year there was a video meem called What does the Fox Say? that ran its course through the You tube and Facebook landscape. It did make me wonder what a fox actually sounds like . My curiosity took me down many a You tube labyrinth and I contemplated other animal sounds which led me to Teddy the Porcupine,
Honestly, I did not know what kind of sounds porcupines make. Thank you Youtube, for my sofa safari.
What are the sounds of your world today?
In the mean time, continue to be fabulous…