A washing machine…a car going over rumble strips…vibrations from your phone going off…sweeping a porch…an oscillating fan…a skier going down the mountain…a bird singing…

What do all these things have in common?  Rhythm.  Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm.

I think it’s important that we take a second and listen to what’s going on around us.  I’m not talking about the politics of the world, and I’m not talking about listening to your wife or girlfriend talk about her day (although it certainly would benefit the relationship if you did).  I’m talking about listening to the sounds of the world.  As I am writing this, I am sitting outside.  I hear ambient noises: a car driving by, an engine starting, a motorcycle accelerating through it’s gears, a horn, the wind moving a sign, an airplane overhead…each containing a rhythm…it’s own individual rhythm, yet somehow working together to make music!  True, it’s not chords and it’s not something you’d hear on the radio, but, it’s still music.

I can’t help but think of the movie, “August Rush.”  The scene I’m thinking of is towards the beginning of the movie, when the young boy (later to be called August), first arrives in NYC.  He’s in the back of a box truck, you know, one of those local delivery trucks, and the driver let’s him out.  August just ran away from the orphanage where he was living, and had obviously never been in NYC.  Here, I must pause and say that I have never been to NYC either, but hope to one day go.  I want to be enamored with The City just like he was.  The scene continues with August hopping off the back, looking up and all around, and he’s intently LISTENING to the sounds NYC has to offer.  The honking cabs, a piece of paper being blown across the street, a shop owner sweeping his part of the sidewalk, birds flapping their wings and singing, and sirens…all the “noises” of a city.  August then begins waving his arms, conducting the music being made by what others would call noise.

I am going to write more about this over the next few entries.  Start listening to YOUR world.  When your coffeemaker beeps in the morning, listen to the rhythm.  While you’re driving, and you turn on your blinker to turn, listen to the rhythm.  If it’s raining one day, listen to your wipers cleaning your windshield.  LISTEN to the rhythms in your world.  Without them, our world would be continually lacking something.  Without the rhythm of your heart beating, you’d be dead.  Instead of getting annoyed by little sounds, take the extra second to listen and appreciate what they add to your life…and keep checking back as I keep adding to the idea that there is: Everywhere Rhythm…