- sparrows and starlings in the bush outside my window
- music from the radio in the living room
- an occasional car
- people talking on the street
- a police siren in the distance
We recently bought a set of noise-canceling headphones. I used them on a plane trip recently and they work effectively by creating a cocoon of sound. There's something magical about being enveloped by music that you love. But I haven't worn them when out walking because I want to stay in touch with my dog and what goes on around me. I want to be part of the throbbing energy of the city. Otherwise, why live here?