Tuesday, October 23, 2012

hear it?

I really didn't care much for high school, but last night while waiting for Mr. T to finish basketball practice I got a little nostalgic for those days.  There's something hopeful about the steady beat of a basketball on the gym floor, the echo down the hallway, the sharp squeak of shoes.  And that faint aroma of rubber.  I'm not a fan of the NBA, but I smiled last night while I absorbed the smell and sound of basketball in a local gym.

I also like the whirring sound of bike tires and the click of the gears.  Static--that bit of static before a song on vinyl records.  The crack of a ball hitting the sweet spot on a bat.  The slap of a screen door.  Kids giggling.  Water gurgling, pouring, rushing, dropping, splashing, running, crashing.  Birds singing.  The sweeping rush of geese passing overhead in the sky while leaves rustle by my feet.  And I confess to liking the sound of snow crunching beneath my boots.

Spill it, reader.  What sounds do you love?


19 comments:

  1. I recently went to my 25th high school reunion and I got nostalgic for Friday night football -- pep rallies in the afternoon, the marching band, the fight song, the school colors, and the general community excitement and support.

    As for sounds, cicadas in the summer, the sound of my grandparents' coffee percolating in the early morning, and my two brothers' laughter when they were little and our sister and I would entertain them.

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    1. What is it about the sound of coffee? I like percolating coffee, a drip coffeemaker finishing it's brew, and the sound of coffee being poured. Is it nostalgia or the actual sounds?

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  2. "The sweeping rush of geese passing overhead in the sky while leaves rustle by my feet."

    Do I detect a small soft spot for Autumn?

    I, too, like the sounds of kids giggling and all things water. Other favorites: my daughters sleeping, coffee being poured, and the sound of a picture being taken with a Polaroid camera.

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  3. Definitely the slap of a screen door. And the bugs of summer. The squeal of a pack of little girls.

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    1. Oh, and the sound of the teenage boys skateboards as they try out new tricks in the street in front of the house.

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  4. There is NOTHING better than the click of cleats- either football or baseball - on the asphalt as the players walk together to the fields. To Jen - I also get nostalgic at the Friday Night Football Games - and I still go to them in my hometown--the pregame teams cheers, the school school, the cheers, the student sections--I get so engrossed in the "stuff" that happens at the games that I often forget to watch the game.

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  5. Love the sound of basketballs and the squeak of their sneakers...good times!

    Right now, the only sounds I hear are the dryer thumping and a whiner sent to his room....I think that I need to head to a basketball game lol!

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  6. "Water gurgling, pouring, rushing, dropping, splashing, running, crashing." The sound of moving water is a balm to my soul.

    At the other end of the spectrum, I love the sound of jets. I live near an airport that also houses the local Air National Guard unit, so I am regularly thrilled by the sound of big ol' transport and cargo planes, gigantic but slim Boeing E-4s (that look just like Air Force One), and especially fighter jets tearing through the sky.

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  7. The sound of rain on the roof! Which we got last night! Yippee!

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  8. I love the sound of the train thundering through town at night. The long approach, the horn blowing. It makes me feel safe, like I'm where I belong.

    I love the hypnotic roar and slap of waves at the beach. Or wind rushing through tall trees. . .

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  9. Oooo. I love this.
    I had completely forgotten about the sound of a basketball on a gym floor, but man, I love that too. It really takes me back.

    I love the sound of rolling thunder. A fire crackling in a fireplace. Absolute silence. The shower in the morning. Coffee percolating. Leaves being kicked by happy, running feet.

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  10. I like the sound of a soccer game. I don't what it is about the soccer crowd but I can always tell by the noise what sport is on in the background.

    That and the sound of the surf, thunder in the distance, rain on a metal roof, leaves in a forest, snow under your feet, and crickets chirping in the summer.

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  11. Call me crazy...but I LOVE the sound of old typewriter keys click...click...clickety, clack

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  12. I was looking through old blog posts just now, searching for evidence of last winter's lack of snow in Wisconsin, and look what I came across! http://www.veganmotherhubbard.com/2011/12/sounds-i-love.html Two on the list are my girls sleeping and coffee being poured!

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  13. I thought about this all day. I love a lot of the sounds of autumn - crunching leaves underfoot, stiff wind blowing, geese flying south. Just today I noticed that fresh cranberries make a really cool sound when you pour them onto a plate.

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  14. Yes! "Hopeful" is the perfect adjective for all sounds high school athletics-related. Everything is so new and full of possibilities. People aren't spoiled (in all meanings of the word) yet.

    I love the sound of crispy leaves when you walk on them.

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  15. Because my head is still in another place, it's the sound of a street vendor balancing a board on his head; that board is stacked with buns full of cheese and meat. He walks by, broadcasting one word: "Sandwich. Sandwich." He's walking across the Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn, trying to get the unending lines of fishermen to buy his "sandwich." In Turkish, the word sounds like "sand-o-vich."

    It's stuck in my head.

    Now so is your nostalgic recollection of high school. Sneakers squeaking floors, indeed.

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  16. At the moment I love silence, just got all the kids asleep! It's a rare thing but there is nothing better than the voices of all my loves. Loved this.

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  17. The sounds of high school - that's one nostalgic bit. The nostalgia that's been reeling me in lately is college. A few college friends have reconnected, now that I gave in and joined Facebook. I live near my alma mater, so I hear the sounds of their football games (honestly, the sounds from the bowl follow the river). I was a musician, so when I hear people practicing, I feel that nostalgia. Sniff.

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Spill it, reader.