This post idea came to me very late at night while I was trying to sleep recently, but that’s the experience you signed up for when you loaded this website. Honestly, I don’t know how else to introduce this post because the title is exactly what it is.
There are sounds that are unanimously unliked in this world from nails on a chalkboard to slurping to the sound of whatever alarm we have set each morning. But instead of talking about the bad ones, I’m going to list the good sounds that I like hearing and sometimes go out of my way to hear. In no particular order, here we go.
- Thin Sidewalk Ice
If you live in a place with snow, you’ve probably encountered sidewalk ice, usually along the edges. It’s thin, it’s not really dangerous, but stepping on it gently provides a really nice crackling sound, and you can feel it break under your boot. Delivering newspapers in the winter sucked as a kid/teen, but finding patches of breakable sidewalk ice made it tolerable.
- Crunchy Leaves
Fall hits hard in Canada, and there are always a plethora of dead leaves on the ground in those autumn months, and the crisp crunch of dead leaves is always enjoyable. Unlike ice, there isn’t much of a feeling under you, but you can still hear it nicely. The leaves are already dead, so it’s not harming nature, either.
- Lipstick Tube Snaps
Putting the lid on a tube of lipstick or lip balm often makes a gentle and satisfying click, and sometimes I’ll just open and close it multiple times just to hear it.
- A Gameboy Advance Closing
The sound of a Gameboy Advance closing shut, even aggressively, is just so fun. Maybe it’s a bit nostalgia-inducing too, but it’s a nice clack. The DS is fragile and not as audibly nice, but you can slam that GBA shut and it makes the same, hearty sound every time.
- Those Old Clacky Keyboards
I don’t have one sadly, but sometimes in my old high school computer labs there’d be an older keyboard that had those thick buttons but made the best clacks and clicks as you typed.
- Scraping Pumpkin Insides
You know when you’re carving a pumpkin and you gotta use that scoop tool to scrape the inner walls of the thing to remove the stringy gunk? I like that sound. It’d be a normal, boring scraping sound if it weren’t for the fact that it’s got a cool echo-y effect from the hollowness of the gourd. And as you scrape more and the walls get thinner and thinner and the inside gets emptier and emptier, the sound only improves.
- Heels On Tiled Floor
A few summers ago I worked at this place where I exited through a tunnel connecting two buildings, and it was long and quiet and tiled, and my slightly heeled dressy ankle boots made just the best sound on that floor as I walked—and I’m a fast walker. I’d be waiting in that hallway for my dad to come pick me up just pacing around so I could hear it more.
- Curling Rocks Hitting
The sound of curling rocks banging against each other is so, so nice. Watching it on TV doesn’t do it justice because there’s something so unique about hearing it live in a curling rink where it’s slightly echoing and there in your space.
- Paper Cutting
Have you ever used one of those paper cutter things with the arm you bring down? My mom has a small one that I occasionally use, and the sound of it swiftly chopping through several sheets of paper is so nice and crisp.
- Suction Cups Popping
I don’t know what it is about rubber just popping like that, but the gentle and distinct pop of a suction cup being pulled so it snaps and makes a sound is so nice. We used to have a shower mat that was suctioned, and pulling it back to clean and hearing those rapid pops was just an experience.
Did you think I was going to end on something cheesy like “the sound of your laughter” or something?
Well, I hope you enjoyed this list. What sounds do you like hearing? I think there’s something kind of cool in being able to really enjoy the sound of something pretty average around you.
That’s all for now.