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Friday 5: Stop. Hey, What’s That Sound?

From here.

  1. What’s a sound you like falling asleep to?
    Definitely rain, like everyone else.  But also the sound of a baseball broadcast, preferably radio, but TV will also work.  The rhythm of a baseball game is one of life’s perfect sounds, and few things comfort me as effectively.
  2. What sounds do you hear right now?
    The landlord is having the trees trimmed, so I’ve been hearing the sound of a buzz saw all day.  I tried to listen to music, but the combination of the music and the saw was more displeasing than just the saw.  Between blasts from the power tool, though, I also hear the whirring of my fan and the clicking of the keys.
  3. What actor or actress has a speaking voice you especially like?
    Pretty much every answer to every question about an actress is Julia Roberts.  I love Julia’s voice.  She does those Nationwide commercials so well.  And her work in the live-action Charlotte’s Web film (as Charlotte) is sublime.  I also love the voices of Lauren Bacall, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scarlett Johansson, and Ben Kingsley.
  4. What musical instrument has a sound you find unpleasant?
    Symphony lovers are likely to hate me for this, but I really dislike the oboe.  That goose-honking sound doesn’t work for me, pretty much ever.  I’m not a fan of most electronic drums, either.  I do like the sounds of the vibraphone and steel drum, but a little of each really goes a long way.  Doesn’t take much to tilt them over into unpleasantness.
  5. What are some great songs about listening or hearing?
    “Rhythm of the Rain” (Dan Fogelberg version or Kaau Crater Boys version)
    “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (lately makes me cry)
    “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel
    “Listen to the Music” by the Doobie Brothers

    I’m sure I’m missing some good ones.

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