“Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.”

 William Edgar Stafford (1914-1993)

By the time we are adults, we have developed filters on the way we perceive and hear things.  We organize and prioritize what sounds are important for specific tasks, moments, and situations.  If we are crossing a busy intersection, the road noise of car horns or screeching tires takes on much more importance.  If we’re safely inside but near the same intersection, we sometimes tune out the road noise so we can focus on other things.

Find moments when you allow yourself to focus on the sounds around you:  rustling leaves, rain drops, singing birds, rumbling motors, tapping pencils.   Find the music and rhythm in seemingly ordinary sounds.


Photo:  “Dancing in the rain” by Frederic Mancosu.  License.  Flickr link.