How do you describe it?
What is the sound when your brother chews? Is it an open-mouthed chew? What foods sound irritating when chewed? (Wow! You could start listing details right here!)
Better yet. What is the sound of a ringing tuning fork and guitar strings? You can actually feel those sounds - with your fingers.
What I want you to do this week - in your last week of summer (insert slight sigh here) is listen. Listen to every little thing – no sound is too small. In fact, it’s the small sounds rather than the large ones that imprint on us. You want to imprint the sound of summer on your mind - so you can reach it whenever you need to.
Turn off anything that may interfere: DS, tv, ipod, you get the picture. You will notice sounds you didn’t think existed, and your writing will be all the better for it.
You can approach this two ways. Bring your notebook with you and record what you hear, or, in each new place pause and listen closely.
Sounds I heard today?
- tick, tick, tick of my son’s bike wheel as we rode
- chink, chink, chink of the dog’s collar as he trotted across the yard – both of these were so rhythmic and soothing
- buzz of the bumblebees and honeybees (yes, I did see some!) - their sound changed as their legs got heavy with pollen. It got deeper, the vibrations slower. (Get up close to a sunflower or some bee balm for this one.)
- the blup-blup-blup bubble of tomatoes becoming sauce – they burst on the blup – did you know that?
- the whine and whir of cicadas - nothing says summer to me like cicadas revving in a field - the sound builds, electric-like, crescendos, and then stops, only to start again further down the field.
You will find as you listen closely to sounds that you will listen closely to people, too, and you will begin to hear pieces of story wherever you turn. Listening is a gift to treasure. Lean in, listen, discover, and capture the sounds of your summer.