"You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?"
"Uh huh - breakfast is served, lunch is served, dinner..."
"No, no, no, no - anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles."
That is one of my most favorite quotes from the movie It's A Wonderful Life. Mostly because I agree with Uncle Billy... :) Food is always exciting!
One of my all time favorite sounds is that of rushing water, whether it's a fast moving brook, water going over a dam, or the crashing waves of the ocean. When I was little we used to go to the HEB Foundation Camp in Kerrville, TX and our cabin was right by the dam at the Echo Valley site. I loved laying in my bunk, hearing the water pour over the wall onto the rocks. During the day I would sit in a secret shady spot that just overlooked the water, and I would watch the light playing across the ripples.
I spent several sunny days running on the beach in the Port Aransas/Rockport area, and when I was ten we went to Maine and I had my first view of the Atlantic ocean on the east coast. It was lovely - coastlines fascinate me. I am so at peace when I listen to the water, as if the whispers of the waves and riverside sing a song I've long forgotten.
What sound thrills you to the tips of your toes? Is it the many-toned swell of a symphony? The voice of a loved one? There are so many wonderful variations to sound that we can hear... which one is your favorite? Let me know!