When I first started working, back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, I used to get a ride to work with the executive assistant of the CEO of the company. Her name was Julie and at the time I thought she was much older and more sophisticated than I was, but in fact she was about 35. She was always impeccably dressed, and she wore leather driving gloves. One of the things I noticed as we drove along in the early morning was the sound of her gloves on the steering wheel. They made a sort of squeaky sound, and I remember thinking, "That is the sound of good leather." I have always loved good leather gloves and when I'm shopping for gloves, the most important thing is they have to "sound" good -- they have to sound like good leather.
I grew up in a small town, on the edge of the forest, and I loved the sound of frogs and crickets. Frogs were the sound of a spring evening, and crickets were the sound of late summer. I live in the city now, and I don't hear the frogs anymore, but on a summer evening I can go down to the Fraser River and still hear the crickets singing. Their sound envelopes me with a feeling of complete and absolute peace.
Boy in a Boat
Yesterday I was thinking about the various sounds we hear every day -- not the obvious ones like grand symphonies or our favorite rock band rocking the rafters, but the quiet, understated sounds that form the backgrounds of our lives. Here are some of my favorites, and each of these sounds can conjure up a strong feeling in me, and give me a sense of comfort.
Water lapping at the sides of a boat or a dock;
Seagulls in the distance;
A train whistle;
Crows during the months of July and August – they don’t caw, they chuckle;
The sound of clothes tumbling in a dryer;
Squeaky gate birds;
A single robin at dusk;
Ice in a lemonade pitcher on a hot afternoon;
There are too many more to mention, and I'm sure you have some favorites too. What are your favorite everyday sounds?