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Ambient Snow Noise

January 28, 2019

At my chiropractor’s the other day (her office, not her home), she was playing one of those ambient noise CDs that’s supposed to relax you. At the time she was pushing my spine into my sternum, so you can debate how effective it was; all I heard was the sound of my own screaming.

Still, it got me thinking. I’ve heard ambient noise soundtracks of babbling brooks, sea shores, gentle rain, birds chirping, distant thunder, and I’ve just now realized how very loud nature can be.

Basically you can get ambient noise from any season … except winter.

Why don’t they have any winter soundtracks?

Howling wind, scraping snow plows. The sound of cars skidding off the road. The noise of snowblowers, bodies falling, people cursing. Surely people would pay to hear something like that, if only in the middle of July.

I think I’ve just hit on a new idea. Maybe I should start wearing a body mic … I can put the recording on disks, and I’ll be rich.

Or at least make enough money to pay the chiropractor.



Mark R Hunter

Mark R Hunter is the author of three romantic comedies: Radio Red, Storm Chaser, and its sequel, The Notorious Ian Grant, as well as a related story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts. He also wrote a young adult adventure, The No-Campfire Girls, and a humor collection, Slightly Off the Mark. In addition, he collaborated with his wife, Emily, on the history books Images of America: Albion and Noble County, Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So With The Albion Fire Department, and Hoosier Hysterical. Mark’s work also appeared in the anthologies My Funny Valentine and Strange Portals: Ink Slingers’ Fantasy/Horror Anthology. For two decades Mark R Hunter has been an emergency dispatcher for the Noble County Sheriff Department. He’s served over 32 years as a volunteer for the Albion Fire Department, holding such positions as safety officer, training officer, secretary, and public information officer. He also has done public relations writing for the Noble County Relay For Life, among other organizations, and served two terms on the Albion Town Council. When asked if he has any free time, he laughs hysterically. Mark lives in Albion, Indiana, with his wife and editor Emily, a cowardly ball python named Lucius, and a loving, scary dog named Beowulf. He has two daughters and twin grandsons, and so naturally is considering writing a children’s book.

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8 Responses to Ambient Snow Noise

  1. Bill Y "The Legendary Legend" Ledden
    February 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Get a couple of cameras in on this and Netflix will come a knocking.

  2. February 1, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Do you think this soundtrack will stop people from complaining about the heat the first day the thermometer reaches 70 degrees? If so, I’m in!

  3. January 29, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Haha!! Good point…great idea

  4. January 28, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    It is funny how snow is not a relaxing backdrop. It would be a great subliminal for hot cocoa sales!

    • January 29, 2019 at 1:06 am

      I know … I’ve bought a lot of hot chocolate!

  5. Jim Nolan
    January 28, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    I’d buy one, Mark! I love the sound of snowplows going by. Beautiful photos, by the way.

    • January 29, 2019 at 1:07 am

      Oh, thanks! I have to admit, one was taken from my front door, and one from my back door. I actually like snow pictures, as long as I don’t have to be out in it!

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