The Sounds of Fall

I don’t know what fall sounds like in your corner of the world, but fall means music in the air to me. And I mean that literally.

Since we live just a few blocks from our local high school, the marching band sometimes jazzes up my fall mornings with its lively, high-stepping melodies. They’re carried to me loud and clear by the autumn breezes.

The staccato beat of drumsticks readies the band for action. The syncopated rhythmic boom, boom, boom of the bass drum provides the cadence the whole band needs as they march in unison. The blare of the horns energizes the very air around me, and their crisp cut-offs add the perfect punctuation to a fall morning’s melody.

As the band busily prepares to perform at football games and march in area parades, I get to enjoy a sound that transports me back in time not only to my high school and college days but also to childhood memories of going to homecoming parades with my parents and grandparents. Larger-than-life days, for sure. The band helps me taste them again.

What does fall sound like to you? Maybe a fire crackling in the fireplace or a flock of geese honking high overhead as they fly south for the winter? It might be leaves skittering across the driveway or crunching underfoot, or it might even be the sound of someone splitting wood nearby. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s music in the air to you.

Let’s thank God today not only for the beauty of the autumn season, but also for giving us ears to hear the glorious sounds of fall. Truly music in the air . . .

“‘But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.'” Matthew 13:16

*What are your favorite sounds of fall?

*Flickr photo by Chandler Abraham, Creative Commons License

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  1. Oh yes I know what you mean. Hearing the high school bands practicing reminds me of fall too. The sound travels farther than any other time of the year.

  2. Wind through the aspens and firs up in Mineral King is the first sound of fall to me. Down the hill? Maybe hearing the wood-splitter and the sound of chunks of firewood hitting the wheelbarrow.

  3. I love that you have fall accompaniment music! To me the sound of fall is always crunching leaves!

  4. For the most part..fall stills sounds like the a/c running. But it is turning cooler and we are enjoying the more moderate weather. : )

  5. Cheryl,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words.

    and I was the Band those sounds of fall bring awash of memories!! Love it!

  6. Fall has more smells to me than sounds. I smell woodfires, crushed earthy leaves, and crisp night air.

    Have a great week, Cheryl.

    Jennifer Dougan

  7. I just love hearing/watching marching bands. Fall to me is the sound of wind rustling in the trees, and the dried crunch of leaves blowing across the yard.

  8. Fall is my very favorite time of year. Here in WA State we are enjoying a particularly brilliant season of colors & scents. I don’t remember a year when the reds were so red, nor the yellows so yellow.

    For a few days we’ve been listening to the sound of a light breeze in the trees to the back of our house. Such sweet music!

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