The other day, though it was freezing outside, I felt like Spring had finally come. The snow was melting and, most of all, there were plenty of birds out chirping away. They were in the trees and in the bushes, too. I feel extremely content when I wake up to the sound of these birds. I, also, love listening to crickets chirp at night. There are a lot of people who would be annoyed by some of these sounds but they keep me aware of the world outside of my studio. Plus, I think they are far, far more pleasant than the sounds of traffic. One of the reasons I hate summer is because of the sounds of lawnmowers and that dang ice-cream truck that stays parked adjacent to my building. I really despise that truck.