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Time to Wake Up

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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For Audio Assignment 466 I created my own alarm clock. The goal was to use sounds around us (no music, no voice). I am not one of those people who wake up easily and there are very few sounds that don’t irritate me early in the morning. However, I remembered the recording of nightingales I made last spring when I was in my holiday house in the country. My first idea was to use them to help me fall asleep, but instead they just woke me up even more. So, reassigning them to their new role was a logical thing:

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It all starts with the birds

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

My dad grew up on a farm.  Apparently farm kids wake up at obscene hours to do farm things.  By the time I came along, my dad had moved well beyond farming, but still kept what I thought to be very weird hours.  As a tween/teenager, nothing extinguished the candy-colored joy of summer vacation more than having to get up at 6:00 a.m. to pick vegetables in the garden.   Rising before noon was the ultimate injustice to 14-year-old me.

Somewhere between there and here I started waking up early and enjoying it.  I think it started when I picked up running in college.  There is peace to be found at 5:30 in the morning when very few people are awake and the sun is just beginning to rise.

When it’s cool enough outside to sleep with the windows open, my alarm usually isn’t the first thing I hear in the morning.  It all starts with the birds.  The damn birds.  Then the city bus that passes by the house around 5:15 a.m.

This is the crap I wake up to most mornings: