Looking at Musical Sounds

I wanted to have a wind chime. The gentle sound on the breeze during the summer is soothing and signals “home”. Since the ceramics studio is closed, and the prospect of getting in for a class is now been narrowed to “next to impossible”, I decided that a homemade one was just not feasible. I’m not eliminating the possibility however when I do try another one the design will be a little different.

About 25 years ago Sparky’s sister gifted me with a metal wind chime. It is small with the four chimes ranging from 3 – 6 inches long. It makes a high pitched tinkling sound. It still resides on the porch but doesn’t make much noise. I’ve always liked the large resonant chimes but the cost has always been out of my budget. And by that I mean that they’ve been hundreds of dollars. When shopping for some solar lights for a project I ventured into a store that I just don’t frequent. The last time I was there I got a geocache in the parking lot and never went into the store! Anyway, they were having a major sale on all things for the garden including their wind chimes. I ignored them as I was on a mission. Reaching for a solar light I happened to bump one. It made a melodious and altogether beautiful sound. I noticed that there were several large ones. The sign said 40 – 60% off all wind chimes. Steeling myself for disappointment, I looked at the price tag. I nearly fainted! The largest one there was marked $25.99 (regular priced). I hazarded to look at one that not only had chimes but also a spinning feature of birds. It was so lovely and my heart really wanted to snatch it up but we are in austerity mode since the house is going to be painted. I didn’t buy it.

After I returned home, I mentioned to Sparky that there was a wind chime that I liked that was also on sale. Of course they also had solar lights…. After dinner we zipped over to this store and looked at the lights. They were not going to work for what we intended. BUT Sparky looked and listened to the chimes. He was impressed with the sound. He was even more impressed with the price and decided to purchase them. The original price was $16.99 and after taxes it came to a paltry $10.67 which was such a steal! I got them home and hung them up right away. They’ve been serenading us since. And even the neighbors commented on how nice they sound and how pretty they look!

57 thoughts on “Looking at Musical Sounds

  1. How lovely. I love the sound of wind chimes in the garden. I particularly like the gentle sound of bamboo ones. I’ve got a mobile made from old silver-plated cutlery somewhere, so I’m going to have a go at stringing those in the garden.

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  2. Beautiful, and what a bargain! I like the bigger metal chimes, too, more of a soothing bong than a sprightly tinkle. The story about finding the geocache was funny. Even when we’re on a mission, it’s easy to get distracted. Enjoy! 🙂

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    1. There were some I had lusted after that were long and heavy (3 feet – 4 feet) that I would never have had a spot to hang them (and I could not afford). These were perfect! I have been trying to fill in all the squares on my geocaching calendar – managed to get a cache every day in July! It is good to have a mission!

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  3. That is a steal! We have wind chimes in front of our glass door leading to the garden and over the bird bath (Husband build an arch). They are beautiful. A geocache….I have always wanted to travel this path!

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      1. Okay. I know that my stepson visited us one summer by himself a couple of summers ago and did something like this but he met up virtually with other people. Maybe it was something else because I remember being in a car with him and he began clicking on a site as we drove around showing him Clearwater. Who knew he and his family would be here a couple of years later and now moving again…

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        1. Geocaching generally requires you to get out of the car and physically find and sign a log in a hidden container. It is a great way to see the world! We had planned a trip to Alaska and Canada this month but due to COVID everything is cancelled. Hopefully next year!

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          1. That sounds exciting. Our stepson and his wife were stationed in Alaska. At the time we were not able to visit. Michael met a couple walking near our park recently and they showed him a clue on a tree. It was impossible to see without knowing.

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            1. Geocaching is really big in Germany. The Brits have their share too. One of our goals is to find a geocache on every continent – and that is doable! Of course there is a geocache on the international space station and there will be a travel bug on the Mars rover too – not that I’ll ever get to discover them…

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  4. I love chimes and here the sun and heat rots the strings. I have son’s un-assembled chimes that I would love to put back together. I used to use fishing line but these are to large for such. When he lived in apartments he hated chimes. He bought a house and out went chimes. 🙂

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    1. I bet the trimmer string for weed whackers would be strong enough! You should see if you can get someone to help and get the music and memories from the chimes ringing again…

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            1. I grew up in a family where there was music. I took organ lessons, played the clarinet. Then married a musical man (he plays the guitar and sings). And I’m the proud mother of a violin/viola performance musician – son#2. It never occurred to me that the chimes were in a minor key until saintvi said so…

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            2. wow that is an impressive musical connection … think I disappointed one of my followers when I admitted I can’t hold a tune 😦 He thought I’d be musical …

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  5. I also like wind chimes—- a lot. over the years I have had several from different parts of the world. I like the ones that have a sonorous resonating sound. May be I should get one and put it in the back garden.

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  6. I had non-buyers regret for you when you said you walked away. Thank you for relieving my disappointment by going back. It’s lovely! I’m thinking they would make impressive gifts…you might need to go back again.

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    1. Hehe! You think like I do! I did go back the next day to see if I could score one for my sister and a friend – they were all sold out of the big ones. I asked if they could order one or give me a rain check. The answer was no. I called another Tractor Supply and they were all out as well. I missed my opportunity… But I’m on the look out.

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  7. Like Cupcake mentioned, we have chimes, but my favorite sound in the backyard is the sound of cascading water, and we have two points in our yard with flowing water, one is a double cascading waterfall type, and one that comes out of an old western water pump into a wooden crate barrel. That sound can put you to sleep when relaxing on our porch.

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  8. That chime really look beautiful Val and i can tell it does sound so good too. I have a metal wind chime too in my front door and yes nothing beats the joy it gave when we here that high pitch sound everytime the wind blow

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    1. I’m glad you can enjoy your own chimes! We had some strong winds and the birds were nearly spinning so fast that I thought the chimes would take wing as well! The sweet sound of the chimes was a sharp contrast to the rumbling skies…

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    1. Thanks for the comment Geri! I get only an eastern/western exposures and have 3 huge walnut trees shading my backyard so no plants will thrive inside and or in the back. I love the sound of a wind chime and you don’t have to water, re-pot, or bring inside during bad weather/cold/winds!

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