- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.