The Sounds Our Hearts Make

The Queen took up a little cithern saying, "O my lord, I will sing a sonnet to thee and to you my lords and to sea-girt Demonland."  So saying, she smote the strings and sang in that crystal voice of hers, so true and delicate that all that were in that hall were ravished by its beauty.
The Worm Ouroboros

In February Abigail and I made each our own posts on our favourite things.  She has begun the idea anew now, not with favourite things, but with favourite sounds.  One doesn't always talk of near-and-dear things, so it was pleasant even for myself to read her list.  And now I am going to do the same, discovering as I do so that, as with my February post, this is not so easy as I had initially thought. And I wonder - is it that we like the sounds we hear, or that we like the sounds our hearts make when we hear them...?

the cadence of the written word // my husband calling me "baby-doll" //  hot running water in the shower // my cats calling for me // boots running on stone steps // "it's dinner time" // the drum of horse hooves // a thunderstorm at night // my mom calling me "jenny-jenjen" // wind in dry autumn leaves // "are not all lands, all airs, one country unto us, so there be great doings afoot to keep bright our swords?" // the crackle of a fire // daddy reading books aloud // high heels on hardwood floors // snow underfoot // my family's laughter // "sir, we would see jesus" // lord brandoch daha's footstep on the printed page // the bbc aslan's voice // a coffee-maker percolating // falling waves // "as bright and moth-wing blue as the blue in the heart of a flame" // anna's voice in my head as I read her letters // rhodri's silence // the clatter of my fingers on my keyboard // daddy giggling irrepressibly // Chesterton's poetry // 2009 Mr. Knightley // my phone ringing when I know it is my husband calling // my husband's voice - period

What are your favourite sounds?  What sounds are music to your ears?

9 ripostes:

  1. *wriggles happily*

    ...SHOULDERLESS Mr. Knightley. ^.^!

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  2. Ahhh, very inspiring, my dear Jenny--both your post and Abigail's. Lovely. ♥ Several of my favorite sounds popped into my head when reading, so I may have to put together a list of mine, too.

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  3. Hahaha! Anna, why do you call him SHOULDERLESS!? I admit he has a teeny-tiny head, but I still loved him greatly. And Jenny's right: his voice is so cheerful and steady and manly. I also love Liam Nisson's speaking voice....and Russel Crowe's.... :)

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  4. Rachel - No, no, no, not Disney - BBC!

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  5. Rachel, I agree that it does not take away (rather, it adds) from his endearing qualities of Awesome, but he is pretty definitely shoulderless. My sisters and I always call him Shoulderless!Knightley; it saves the trouble of saying "you know the Jonny Lee Miller Knightley from the most recent version which had Romola Garai the girl from Amazing Grace" ...

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  6. I loved reading this! Thank you for sharing. ^_^

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  7. Mr. Knightley is the best! :)

    I'd have to say that some of my favorite sounds would include the laughter of any member of my family, thunder, rain on the skylights, the crunch of snow underfoot, the whistling of birds, the typing of my keyboard, the scratch of a pencil across paper, my mom saying "I love you.", the bubbling of homemade soup on the stove, and good music (sacred, classical, soundtrack).

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  8. I love this! And I absolutely love the sound of high-heels on wood floors. So brisk and clickety-clack. <3

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  9. I love how you and Abigail rub-off posting ideas from each other. So fun to watch, and very much something that fellow-writerly sisters would do! I truly loved discovering some of your favourite sounds, Jenny. And I thought this one: "my mom calling me 'jenny-jenjen'" was positively delightful :)

    Ah, but now that the wonderful Miss Scribbler and Miss Penslayer have summoned, all I can do is tag along and do a post like that sometime! :).

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