Sounds That Move You

by BigFrank Banned 43 replies
It have noticed that as I get older that certain sounds stir up a visceral reaction in me. There are only a few, but the impact they have on me is overwhelming, whenever I hear them.

They sounds that most affect me, are:

Seagulls - Although at the top of my list, I have never quite figured out why. Perhaps from my earliest days on the Jersey Shore.
Spring Peepers - The soundtrack of my youth.
Four-stroke British café racers - The soundtrack of my 20's
Bob Dylan's harmonica playing - Few things bring me to tears. This, does. Yes - I'm very prepared for the snide comments on this one. lol

What are yours?

Cheers. - Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    Since I grew up spending practically all day in the woods at the end of our street since I was a little wee one, and ran away from home to the woods til the Twinkies ran out, it is definitely this:




    Peepers are another favorite of mine too as well as crickets at dusk.

    If I want to escape to a favorite place using mind imagery, I listen to this:




    Now that's what I'm talking about!


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    I don't listen to music from my past. It just doesn't hold the same kind of meaning as it might once have, I don't know. It is just scattered pieces for me and I don't feel compelled to gather them. The sounds that move me are birds singing in the early evening or hearing my 4-year-old son laughing. When it comes to music, lately I've been listening to a lot of Sixto Rodriguez and I only just discovered his songs that are from the past, but not my past.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmericanMuscleTA
    Sound of nature...

    I absolutely love hearing the ocean, creeks, rivers... anything to do with water. I think it's because I always dream of having a boat. Mmm... a boat... someday.
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      Originally Posted by AmericanMuscleTA View Post

      Sound of nature...

      I absolutely love hearing the ocean, creeks, rivers... anything to do with water. I think it's because I always dream of having a boat. Mmm... a boat... someday.
      As the former owner of a Donzi 'Sweet 16,' allow me to state the two happiest days in a boat owner's life. The first is the day he acquires it and the other is the day he gets rid of it.

      Cheers. - Frank

      P.S. Yes - it is hard to top the sound of a babbling brook.
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        Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

        As the former owner of a Donzi 'Sweet 16,' allow me to state the two happiest days in a boat owner's life. The first is the day he acquires it and the other is the day he gets rid of it.
        I think this is true for a lot of boat owners. Unfortunately for me, I just sold my boat this past November. It was nothing fancy just a 16 foot super wide-body flat bottom Jon. Trollers front and back with a small 10HP electric start. Nothing special but we sure had some good fishing days in that baby.

        I'll pick up another one sometime as the days at the lakes were usually quite enjoyable out on the water.

        -don
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      Originally Posted by AmericanMuscleTA View Post

      Sound of nature...

      I absolutely love hearing the ocean, creeks, rivers... anything to do with water. I think it's because I always dream of having a boat. Mmm... a boat... someday.
      This is one of my all-time favorites: New Age Of Classics - Pachelbel with ocean sounds-Chacra Artists

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  • Profile picture of the author ForumGuru
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    While I love the good old sounds of nature --> the sounds that affect me in the most positive way are the music of my current favorite artists. So I guess when I want to "feel" something I crank up the music of KORN.

    I enjoy probably a dozen different music genres but for the past few years that band is the has been doing it for me the most.

    Cheers!

    -don
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Thunder.

    A few specific songs.

    Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

    Bob Dylan's harmonica playing - Few things bring me to tears. This, does.
    You really like that?
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      Thunder.

      A few specific songs.



      You really like that?
      Like a Rolling Stone.

      Nature - I love thunderstorms, the sound (but not the wind and damage) of a tornado, rain in the forest, water - all kinds of water, calm waves lapping shore, roaring rivers, trickling streams. Animals - any kind. Just noises of the 4 legged environment. Except for if the are close and threatening -- I can skip that sound. Serious. Wind. Wind in the mountains. Wind across prairies.

      Nature mesmerizes me. At a lot of levels. Nature.......is my soul.
      Music................that's my celebration.
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      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      You really like that?
      No - I love it.

      "Girl from the North Country." I can't think of any other piece of music that moves me more. Absolutely no idea why, but the harmonica hits a psychic cord in me and I cry like a baby. :confused:

      Some things in life simply cannot be explained. Honestly, I'm happy that anything can have such a profound effect on me. Living is one thing. Feeling 'alive' is another story, altogether.

      Cheers. - Frank
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

        No - I love it.

        "Girl from the North Country." I can't think of any other piece of music that moves me more. Absolutely no idea why, but the harmonica hits a psychic cord in me and I cry like a baby. :confused:
        I think he's a great songwriter, a mediocre singer, and a horrible harmonica player. To each their own though. I'm glad you found something you can appreciate that deeply. It's good for the soul, so to speak.
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          I think he's a great songwriter, a mediocre singer, and a horrible harmonica player. To each their own though. I'm glad you found something you can appreciate that deeply. It's good for the soul, so to speak.
          USED to be a mediocre singer. Saw him live last year. I wouldn't call what he does now "singing".

          As for sounds, when I hear cicadas on a summer afternoon I am instantly transported back to the summers of my youth.

          Thunderstorms.

          We had a stream in our backyard when I was a kid, so babbling brook sounds as well.

          Music - too much to list
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            Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

            USED to be a mediocre singer. Saw him live last year. I wouldn't call what he does now "singing".
            Sad - but, oh so true. It's amazing when some people don't know when to call it quits.
            As for sounds, when I hear cicadas on a summer afternoon I am instantly transported back to the summers of my youth.
            I believe that there are certain sounds, like those you mentioned, that are genetically coded and universal in the human experience; crashing waves, thunder, howling wind, howling wolves, babbling brooks, the laughter of children, the crack of ball on bat on a hot summer day, the crackling of a camp fire on a fall night and many others.

            Cheers. - Frank
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            • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
              Dylan: great songwriter, was a great singer, and had a unique harmonica sound. Little Walter was a great harmonica player, but Dylan had that unique sound.

              For those who question whether Dylan was a great singer, of course it's completely subjective and a matter of personal taste, but many do consider him to have been a great singer. From the 100 greatest singers list by Rolling Stone which listed Dylan as #7:

              Bob Dylan did what very, very few singers ever do. He changed popular singing. And we have been living in a world shaped by Dylan's singing ever since. Almost no one sings like Elvis Presley anymore. Hundreds try to sing like Dylan. When Sam Cooke played Dylan for the young Bobby Womack, Womack said he didn't understand it. Cooke explained that from now on, it's not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It's going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth.

              To understand Bob Dylan's impact as a singer, you have to imagine a world without Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Lucinda Williams or any other vocalist with a cracked voice, dirt-bowl yelp or bluesy street howl. It is a vast list, but so were the influences on Dylan, from the Talmudic chanting of Allen Ginsberg in "Howl" to the deadpan Woody Guthrie and Lefty Frizzell's murmur. There is certainly iron ore in there, and the bitter cold of Hibbing, Minnesota, blowing through that voice. It's like a knotted fist, and it allows Dylan to sing the most melancholy tunes and not succumb to sentimentality. What's interesting is that later, as he gets older, the fist opens up, to a vulnerability...


              Here are some of the adjectives I have found myself using to describe that voice: howling, seducing, raging, indignant, jeering, imploring, begging, hectoring, confessing, keening, wailing, soothing, conversational, crooning. It is a voice like smoke, from cigar to incense, where it's full of wonder and worship. There is a voice for every Dylan you can meet, and the reason I'm never bored of Bob Dylan is because there are so many of them, all centered on the idea of pilgrimage.


              Dylan did with singing what Brando did with acting. He busted through the artifice to get to the art. Both of them tore down the prissy rules laid down by the schoolmarms of their craft, broke through the fourth wall, got in the audience's face and said, "I dare you to think I'm kidding."
              Written by Bono.

              100 Greatest Singers: Bob Dylan | Rolling Stone
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                Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

                Dylan: great songwriter, was a great singer, and had a unique harmonica sound.
                Agreed. As far as that piece goes, I'd be perfectly happy imagining a world of music that didn't contain Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vetter, both of which to my ears, are pure dreck. lol

                Cheers. - Frank
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                • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
                  Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

                  Agreed. As far as that piece goes, I'd be perfectly happy imagining a world of music that didn't contain Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vetter, both of which to my ears, are pure dreck. lol

                  Cheers. - Frank
                  Not a big Cobain fan either but I do like Vetter somewhat.

                  Always been a Steve Perry fan.

                  But as far as music goes, I generally pay more attention to the drums than the singers.
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                    Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

                    But as far as music goes, I generally pay more attention to the drums than the singers.
                    Around 95% of the music I listen to, I could not care less about the lyrics. - F.
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            • Profile picture of the author HeySal
              Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

              Sad - but, oh so true. It's amazing when some people don't know when to call it quits.
              I believe that there are certain sounds, like those you mentioned, that are genetically coded and universal in the human experience; crashing waves, thunder, howling wind, howling wolves, babbling brooks, the laughter of children, the crack of ball on bat on a hot summer day, the crackling of a camp fire on a fall night and many others.

              Cheers. - Frank
              We now know that everything in existence is made of energy and has frequency. Frequency has sound. The frequency of the earth was brought into human auditory scale and it sounds like........................Birds.

              Sounds of 'Alien Birds' in Space Recorded by NASA Spacecraft | Space.com
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      Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

      Bob Dylan's harmonica playing - Few things bring me to tears.
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      You really like that?
      Obviously Bob's harmonica playing moves both of you to tears.
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    Originally Posted by BigFrank View Post

    Perhaps from my earliest days on the Jersey Shore.
    Must have missed you on that Frank.

    Were you the one in the bar who cracked Snooki?


    This is mine.

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      Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

      Must have missed you on that Frank.

      Were you the one in the bar who cracked Snooki?
      Please! I'm getting ready to have a nice Sunday brunch and I don't need my stomach turned.

      This is mine.
      Not my cup of tea, but different different strokes, right?

      Cheer. - Frank
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    A child laughing....you know.....that laugh from deep down within your soul....it gets me every time.
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    Moves me the most in a positive way? The voice of Karen Carpenter and, although not to the same degree, the music of Celtic Woman, especially Lisa Kelly.

    On the other side of the coin, when I hear any kind of rap or hip-hop beat, the hair on the back of my neck stands up and my eyes turn red.
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    The children's choir in Pink Floyd's The Wall.

    I love the sound of children singing and the choir in that song always gets to me.
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      Originally Posted by Jacqueline Smith View Post

      The children's choir in Pink Floyd's The Wall.

      I love the sound of children singing and the choir in that song always gets to me.
      Yeah, I feel you on this one. It's classic and moving!

      Cheers

      -don
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
        Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

        Yeah, I feel you on this one. It's classic and moving!

        Cheers

        -don
        Funny you say that. Just recently I was listening to my satellite radio on one of the classic rock/pop channels and I was surprised at how many songs that I have been hearing for about 40 years that I just don't know the lyrics to.

        While I am a drummer at heart, nothing moves me like exceptional guitar work.
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          Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

          Funny you say that. Just recently I was listening to my satellite radio on one of the classic rock/pop channels and I was surprised at how many songs that I have been hearing for about 40 years that I just don't know the lyrics to.

          While I am a drummer at heart, nothing moves me like exceptional guitar work.
          Yeah, I am not a big lyric person either. I love great drums and I also dig killer guitar work. I always enjoy good double drum action and have been lucky enough to see Godsmack's Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin doing the deed live a couple of times.

          Here is a an ok shot I grabbed from the crowd back in 2011 of Erna and Larkin going at it.



          I never did get to see Genesis when Phil Collins had the double drum action going. Bummer for me.

          I wish I could play the drums or the guitar...closest I get to playing is on Rockband with the full Stagekit going with my wife, niece and nephews. Lights, fog, strobe...the whole nine yards. My 700 song catalog gets worked over pretty hard some weekends. I've got a 6 year old nephew that loves to sing lead on Slipnot tunes.

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          • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
            Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

            Yeah, I am not a big lyric person either. I love great drums and I also dig killer guitar work. I always enjoy good double drum action and have been lucky enough to see Godsmack's Sully Erna and Shannon Larkin doing the deed live a couple of times.

            Here is a an ok shot I grabbed from the crowd back in 2011 of Erna and Larkin going at it.



            I never did get to see Genesis when Phil Collins had the double drum action going. Bummer for me.

            I wish I could play the drums or the guitar...closest I get to playing is on Rockband with the full Stagekit going with my wife, niece and nephews. Lights, fog, strobe...the whole nine yards. My 700 song catalog gets worked over pretty hard some weekends. I've got a 6 year old nephew that loves to sing lead on Slipnot tunes.

            Cheers
            Sure you can. I started at the age of 33. I'll never be a star (never wanted to be) and I couldn't say I'm even all that good. But I love to play

            But Rockband is kinda fun too
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              Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

              Sure you can. I started at the age of 33. I'll never be a star (never wanted to be) and I couldn't say I'm even all that good. But I love to play

              But Rockband is kinda fun too
              I hear you and my wife and I keep saying we should try to learn. I can beat the drums in Rockband pretty good but for my neighbors sake if I try anything it will be the bass or guitar that I try.

              I played the trumpet when I was a kid and I can read music but it's getting the fingers to do what my brain is telling them to do that may be the problem.

              Do you know anyone that has checked out Rocksmith? It seems like it may possibly be a decent learning tool if I picked up a guitar...but I really have no idea.

              -don
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                Originally Posted by ForumGuru View Post

                I hear you and my wife and I keep saying we should try to learn. I can beat the drums in Rockband pretty good but for my neighbors sake if I try anything it will be the bass or guitar that I try.

                I played the trumpet when I was a kid and I can read music but it's getting the fingers to do what my brain is telling them to do that may be the problem.

                Do you know anyone that has checked out Rocksmith? It seems like it may possibly be a decent learning tool if I picked up a guitar...but I really have no idea.

                -don
                My son who plays guitar left me one of his old ones and I just ordered Rocksmith for my XBox

                I'll probably suck at that too, but I won't be playing for milk money.

                They say youth is wasted on the young. Since my mid thirties I have tried more things than I ever did as a youngster. Stuff I SHOULD have started young. But frankly, I am glad I started when I did. I appreciate everything much more as I approach my 50th.

                If you decide to try the drums for real, you should check out Drumeo.com (not an affiliate link). Great site to learn on.
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                  Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

                  I appreciate everything much more as I approach my 50th.
                  Yeah, I hear you as my next one is also my 50th. Thanks for the info.

                  -don
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    Some of the songs in Les Miserables bring me to tears... EVERY TIME.
    The sound of a small child laughing always makes me smile.
    My dog doing her overly excited "roo-roo-roo" when I come home from a long day outside the house.
    The "ting" of a kitchen timer.
    A cat purring.
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      Originally Posted by ErinWalsh View Post

      A cat purring.
      Good one! As a cat lover I am with you on this...even when it's a cross eyed cat named Meatwad doing the purring.

      Here he is as a kitten...



      Cheers!

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    Aww ForumGuru Meatwad is cute!

    Currently I have a black Siamese with an insanely long tail. He likes to hide under furniture and avoid the camera so I have no pictures uploaded to share.
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    Thought to myself when I saw the title of this thread....

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    Sound is literally moving (where there is enough gravity, that is):
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    The Fab Four


    Lennon's son, Julian, inspired the song with a nursery school drawing he called "Lucy — in the sky with diamonds". Shortly after the song's release, speculation arose that the first letter of each of the title nouns intentionally spelled LSD. Although Lennon denied it, the BBC banned the song. In a 2004 interview, Paul McCartney said that the song is about LSD, stating, "A song like 'Got to Get You into My Life', that's directly about pot, although everyone missed it at the time ... Day Tripper", he says, "that's one about acid. 'Lucy in the Sky,' that's pretty obvious. There's others that make subtle hints about drugs, but, you know, it's easy to overestimate the influence of drugs on the Beatles' music.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_in..._with_Diamonds
    I gotta admit though I prefer the Type O Negative rendition of Day Tripper though.


    (The Drab Four ---> as in paying homage to the Fab Four)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_O_Negative

    Cheers!

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