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Melodious Wind Chimes
My favorite Woodstock Amazing Grace "symphony" wind chime
Melodious wind chimes
Welcome to the wonderful world of melodious wind chimes! As I am now writing, the soothing melodious sounds of my wind chimes keep me in good company. Five wind chimes in all; two in front of my home, two at the patio and a small one at the back of my home. Wind chimes are fascinating musical instruments. You don’t need any skill to play them. “Have wind will listen”, if ever there is such a phrase! You can tell the character of a person just by asking this question, “Do you like wind chimes?”. I would say from my experience, most people like wind chimes. And this is from my over 30 years of having wind chimes around my home. Most of my visitors complimented the soothing melodious sounds of my wind chimes. I have good reason to believe that they were genuine in their approbation, for they too really enjoyed the interlocking “kling klang klong” sounds . And for those who don’t like wind chimes? Oh no!!
Two of my favorite wind chimes in front of my home
My "conventional" wind chime
My "surrounding bells" wind chime
The mysterious sounds of wind chimes
There is nothing compared with the random, yet rhythmic echoes of the wind chimes. As I sit to write this article, my wind chimes accompany me in my trend of thoughts. Living in a tropical island paradise is heavenly enough; and with my wind chimes as my musical companions, I am indeed a very lucky person. There are no two instances that my wind chimes produce similar musical sound when there is a breeze blowing. The varying strength, changing directions, and random duration of the wind will steer the same wind chime to produce different sets of melodies. No two durations are the same. And if you have five wind chimes complementing one another in a breezy afternoon, life seems to be surrounded by the cacophonic symphony orchestra of wind chimes.
Wind chimes exude random melodies which you can never get from listening to music. One never knows what is going to be the next note. That is why they are called "chimes". This is the mysterious beauty of wind chimes, both in sight and sound. The melodious sounds of wind chimes soothe the souls. The sounds generate a sense of spiritual vibration with healing effects that calm and relax the mind. In my home there is always this feeling of tranquility whenever there is a breeze blowing. This is when I get my inspiration to write and share my thoughts with you all! In terms of Chinese “feng shui”, wind chimes are sound instruments that generate positive “qi” sound vibrations, and expel negative vibes, ensuring and maintaining peace and tranquility in the home.
The glass wind chime hanging in the patio
My "glass" wind chime
My little "tick tick" wind chime
Wind chimes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with equally diverse melodies
Wind chimes come in countless shapes and sizes. The materials used are equally diverse. I think ever since human could hear, wind chimes were already in existence. Not a joke, it is true. For what is a wind chime, literally? To me anything that makes sound caused by the wind is a wind chime! So we have the small 1-inch wind chimes, the medium, and the very large ones. From the soft “tick, tick” sound to the loud “kling klang klong”. From the very primitive made from shells to the precision-tuned high quality aluminum pieces.
There are numerous shapes and types of wind chimes. There are three general categories of wind chimes. The conventional wind chime is the one with the standard bell and the striker (or clapper) inside it. The wind-catcher is then tied below the striker. Then you have the surrounding bells wind chime where the clapper and wind-catcher are surrounded by the bells or whatever materials that provide the sound. The third category is the finely tuned musical or symphony wind chime, like my “Woodstock” wind chime. These musical or symphony wind chimes are aesthetically pleasing both in sight and sound. These perfectly tuned pieces have a purer tonal quality as well as a more sustained longer sound resonance. It is just heavenly to listen to their chimes. You can take a look at the photos on the right, and also watch and listen to my wind chimes in my videos at the end of this article. There is another of my videos which you can listen to the natural sounds of my wind chimes while I was demonstrating the "Knee-rub massage".
We are very fortunate that we can now buy very high quality musical wind chimes with perfect tonal quality. These are the “musical” or “symphony” wind chimes with perfectly tuned bars usually made from aluminum. These pieces are called “musical” or “symphony” wind chimes because they are tuned in accordance with the musical notes of the original song or music piece. I have one which is my favorite from “Woodstock”. This one is called “Amazing Grace” because it has the first five notes of “Amazing Grace”. Don’t expect the wind chime to play the Amazing Grace tune, as you know the wind is not an orchestra conductor, nor the wind chime a symphony orchestra.
I love wind chimes. If I had a choice I would surround myself with more than the five wind chimes that I have with me at present. Maybe fifty would be an ideal number! But then my wife would think that I had gone bonkers. Wouldn’t want that to happen; so I am happy to surround myself with just five wind chimes, as for now.
A delightful update
My sister presented me a beautiful wind chime for the 2013 Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the snake. This piece was made in China, with three little bells surrounding the little ball striker. The small metal "maple leaf" wind-catcher complements the aesthetic design.
Surprisingly, the sound of these three little bells has a very long continuous resonance, very pleasing to the ears. Take a look at the picture below. Look at the embroidery, isn't it beautiful?
The dainty little embroidered wind chime
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