XYLOPHONE: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers
I recently wrote about the difference between quite and silence. I thought it was time to discuss different types of noise. Not all noise is created equal. Let’s talk about noise vs. nuisance.
I was telling someone recently that we don’t allow noisy toys in our home. Upon further reflection, I realize that’s not really true. It is more accurate to say we ban synthetic noise. In our home, noise is welcome. But, it must be human generated.
Beat a drum.
Bang a cymbal.
Pound a xylophone.
Blow a recorder.
Yelp when you’re delighted.
Scream when you’re scared.
Shriek when you’re tickled.
Stomp your feet when you’re mad.
Laugh when you’re silly.
Wail when you’re sad.
Roar when you’re a dinosaur.
Howl when you’re a wolf.
Growl when you’re a bear.
But, please…NEVER push a button on a toy with batteries.
I can listen to banging and singing and pounding and roaring for hours. But a few minutes of repetitive, mind-numbing electronic toy voices or “music” (there should really be another term) are enough to fry my nerves.