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May 20, 2024

"What one loves in childhood stays in their heart forever." --Mary Jo Putney

Small Sounds of the Past

"In Praise of Listening" by Christian McEwen celebrates the profound impact of sound on our memories and experiences. Through evocative stories like Alice Cozzolino's pasta-making rituals with her mother and Eleanor Adams' childhood memories of island life, McEwen reminds us of the power of sound to transport us back in time. In a world filled with noise, these memories serve as reminders to listen attentively to our surroundings and cherish the small, often overlooked moments. As composer W.A. Mathieu advises, "Remember to love your sense of hearing," for it holds the key to unlocking the essence of our humanity. The article encourages readers to reflect on their own early memories of sound, offering a writing exercise to evoke and explore these cherished moments. Through listening, we can rediscover the beauty and richness of our past and present experiences.


Take a moment to pause, listen, and reflect on the sounds that have shaped your life. Whether it's the laughter of loved ones, the rustle of leaves, or the melody of a favorite song, each sound holds a story waiting to be remembered. For more inspiration, join an Awakin Call conversation with Christian McEwen this weekend. Details and RSVP here: More ...