Apart from scents, sounds are probably the next best triggers for our imagination. Music can be a great way to spark ideas, but any type of background sounds can work, especially when you combine different ones.
That's why I was glad when I discovered http://naturesoundsfor.me/. It's a simple online application that allows you to mix up to 4 different sound samples into a composition of your own.
The first thing I want to do here is fulfil the promise I made in a previous article, that whoever guessed first which word I had adopted, would get a special feature in one of my next blog posts.
My sister Lieve was the winner (no cheating involved, I swear!), and in her honour I have made a special mix of soothing nature sounds that will hopefully help her to relax (or put the kids to sleep) in these taxing and strenuous days of combining early motherhood-of-two with daily life and going back to her fulltime job soon.
I have titled the piece 'Ode to Lieve' and while I tip my hat to her, I want to wish her a lot of strength and all the peace and joy in the world. You can listen to it here.
I have also concocted a few other mixes that all tell a different story. What do you think, are the stories 'readable'?
You can use the titles as a clue: