|Love the sound of Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra (from andrerieu.com)|
A sound I don't like at all: Leaf blowers. Especially early in the morning when they awaken me (and the neighborhood).
Another sound I love: birds chirping on a beautiful, blue-sky, sunny day.
Another sound I don't like: Car alarms going off, any time of day. Bad enough if it's for 10 seconds, but how about five minutes ... in the middle of the night?
Love the sound of an orchestra -- classical music, popular, or the big-band era. Watching Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra on YouTube videos has become a favorite pastime. But just about any orchestra or big band will do.
|James Lipton: He asks the sound/noise questions|
Inside the Actors' Studio on the Bravo network. When James Lipton, the erudite, odd-looking, old (he's 87) host gets done with his questions/background info from his infamous stack of notecards, he gives the guest the Pivot questionnaire -- as he always explains, from a French series, "Bouillon de Culture," hosted by Bernard Pivot.
This idea for this piece was inspired by one of our favorite TV shows,
If you've seen the show, you know these questions. We are focused here on No. 6 -- What sound or noise do you love? -- and No. 7 -- What sound or noise do you hate?
(Here are the other questions: What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word? What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off: What is your favorite curse word? What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do? If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?)
I kind of like the "favorite curse word" question ... but never mind. I'm writing about sounds and noises today.
I'm not going to use the term "hate." Just prefer to use "don't like."
So believe me when I tell you that I don't like the sound of cars with engines/mufflers that roar, the kind that wake us up many mornings here at the apartments.
Don't like -- as a friend pointed out on Facebook a couple of days ago -- cars with their music blaring so loud they can be heard in Aledo, the car bouncing with vibration and also our car (and our ears) vibrating.
Love the roar of a big crowd at an athletic event ... especially when the cheering is for the home team that is my team. My favorites: Tiger Stadium at LSU, Yankee Stadium, the Amsterdam ArenA (cq), American Airlines Center. (Doesn't happen enough at JerryWorld.)
Don't like: A crowd booing, anywhere -- athletic events, concerts, political rallies. Not necessary. Bad form.
Love (thank you, Simon and Garfunkel) the sounds of silence. Sometimes, after a noisy outing or a few hours with the grandkids, silence is very good.
In the same vein, love the silence fishing provides. Sure, you might talk some with your fishing partner(s), if you have any, and the surroundings might provide some sounds, but I like the little "plunk" of your line/bait going in the water ... and then the waiting game.
Already covered some of this, but don't like loud noises, especially sustained ones: lawnmowers, even more so wood-chippers, long train whistles (seemingly every 10 minutes here at the apartments, in the middle of the night). The volume-up-high movie trailers in a theater. TV commercials on high. How about those sonic booms in the 1960s?
One awful sound I heard here last week outside our apartment: Two cars colliding.
Love the sound of a wood baseball bat hitting the ball -- "thunk" -- but not a metal bat hitting the ball -- "ping."
Love the sizzle of a steak on the grill. Just don't leave it there too long.
A difficult sound that's impossible to escape: A baby crying during an airplane trip. If you have had kids, you should be sympathetic. We know from experience because once that was our baby, and it's a long way to Hawaii.
Love the sound of just about any Beatles song. Or most anything sung by Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis. I love "crooners" and great performances, period.
I can listen to hours of '50s, '60s and '70s pop music. That is now "old fart" territory, true.
Heck, I even like '40s numbers. And I've gained a recent appreciation for classical music.
Can't do rap, or hard rock, or much of what's popular today. I'm not with the times on this.
Haven't even heard of many of today's top artists.
Back to sports: This doesn't happen all that often, but I like the distant roars on a golf course. You know something good is happening.
Best roar I've heard/seen: When Phil Mickelson made the putt on the final hole that won him his first Masters. Second-best, but I only saw it on replay, not live: When Justin Leonard made his putt to clinch the Ryder Cup for the U.S. in 1999. Not only the crowd going wild, but the U.S. team members racing across the green and teeing off the European team faithful forever.
Conversely, the idiots who scream when a golfer tees off. You are not da man. They deserve an eviction notice.
Love the sound of a college band at a football game, or in LSU's case, before the game, as the Golden Band From Tigerland marches through campus and finally reaches Victory Hill.
Love, or maybe respect, the playing of Taps, although it also is a sad and dramatic tune.
Don't like the sound of a siren, or sirens. No matter what, a police car, fire truck, emergency vehicle, not much good has happened when you hear a siren. Only exception: When they arrive in time to save a life.
A sound/noise I love ... well, because this I like to use good taste and decorum in my blogs (laugh if you want, but that's the goal), I will demure and let you guess.
Don't like the sound of bodily functions in public, especially if it's mine in a crowd. How's that for good taste?
Don't like being yelled at; more importantly, don't like yelling at someone (and I've done far, far too much of that in a lifetime).
A noise I don't mind, if it is at a distance: kids playing on a schoolground during recess.
Which brings me to my favorite sound/noise: Listening to my grandkids (even when the two grandsons are battling each other). Most of all, I love listening to their laughter. It makes life worthwhile.