Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sounds! That's Crazy!

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Get it?  SoundsZounds?  Ha ha... anyway, today I was thinking about the many sounds that have been embedded in my memory.  The human mind has an amazing- and yes, sometimes even crazy- way of remembering things.  A sound, a sight, a taste, or a smell, can instantly send you back to a time or place in your life that for some reason has decided to stick in your mind.  
Just the other day, I was walking down the street, and happened to see a sign that said Pig Wheels.  Now, I have no idea what Pig Wheels are, or why the word would be on a sign.  Maybe it was the name of the restaurant.  (Funny name...?)  But whatever it was, the site of those words suddenly reminded me of the words pin-wheels, and instantly my mind was thrown back to the days of my childhood, playing on an ancient Mac desktop computer.  At that time, I didn't know what the internet was, but I knew my way around the elementary learning games pretty well.  There was a game called Reader Rabbit's Ready for Letters.  Part of the game was to help Grandmother Rabbit make pin-wheels, a marshmallow-like cookie.
All of this happened in about five seconds.  I hadn't thought about that game in years, but all of a sudden, I was living back in those days.  It surprised me so much that I actually gasped out loud, which caused my family to look at me very strangely.
Fortunately, my sisters knew the game I was talking about, and for the next fifteen minutes we talked about all of our old childhood memories, crowded around that ancient Mac.

That's weird.

And cool, too, if you think about it.  :)

And, now, after I've had a few days to think about it, I've realized that there are many other sounds I associate with specific memories, and which will always stay in my mind.  I"ve decided to name a few here, and hopefully even find a few examples for you.  Some of the sounds you'll recognize, and some of them you won't have clue what I'm talking about.  Either way, if you ever get a chance to hear any of these sounds (which you probably will), you'll get the chance to share one of my memories.  :)  Enjoy!

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#1:  The sound of a Star Wars light saber.  

#2:  The sound of the TARDIS.

#3:  The sound of a Star Trek door opening.

#4:  The sound of the Wilhelm Scream.

#5:  The sound of Gunther's alarm clock, from the movie The Paper Brigade.  (This one repeats, so don't bother watching the whole thing.  :)

#6:  The sound of the paint can on the old video game program- Kid Pix.  Unfortunately, I cannot find a sample of this one, but if you know what I'm talking about, kudos!

#7:  The sound of my own alarm clock.... but I can't show you that one either.  At any rate, it sends shivers down my spine.  0_0

#8:  The sound of my school's bell- signaling the end of class.  It was an electric tone, a slightly sharp E flat.  It was very strange, and it annoyed me to no end because I'd be playing piano, and the bell would sound, and it would completely throw me off.

#9:  The Pac-Man sound effects!

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Couldn't quite make it to ten, but you get the point.  :)  What do you think?  Are there any sounds that you associate with certain memories?  Tell me about them in the comments, if so.  :)
Thanks!  That's all for the day.

-Rayne Speryll


  1. Cool, Elethia. I do get what you mean, about unusual things sometimes triggering memories. I can't think of any sounds that do it for me, though.

  2. I listen to music while I read, so every now and then I'll hear a song on the radio that I heard while reading a certain book, and then it makes me remember stuff from the book.

    And I used to do Reader Rabbit too. :D

    1. Ah! Songs and books... now that's something I'll have to come back to. It deserves an entire blog post to itself! :)

      You know Reader Rabbit too? :D Cool! Aarathyn did some research online and found out that the version we had was called Reader Rabbit's Ready for Letters. We also had versions 2,3, and 4.

  3. Alarm clocks!!! AAaaahhhh!!! :) If I hear a sound remotely like an alarm clock, it instantly wakes me up. :)

    1. Ha ha! Same with me. If I even hear the *tone* of my alarm clock, I'll jerk awake instantly. 0_o