I was at the store the other day and saw one of those nature sounds CDs. This particular CD had “sounds of the beach.” So of course I listened to the samples. And it was nice—sounds of the waves, the ocean breeze, seagulls. Certainly I could imagine myself sitting in my lounge chair on the white-sand beaches of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, eyes closed, dozing off to the sounds of the beach.
But more comes to mind when I think of my favorite beach sounds. Like the sounds of people—particularly families enjoying themselves on the beach, playing in the sand and in the waves. Sitting on the balcony of my beach-front condo, listening to kids splashing in the pool and lazy river.
And if I’m sitting on the beach and not listening to these sounds, it’s because the earbuds are in and the iPod is playing—because music is an essential sound of the beach, whether it’s from my own beach playlist or from a Gulf Shores & Orange Beach concert. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big, beach-side concerts like the Hangout Music Festival or a live music performance at one of the popular Gulf Shores nightlife locations. If it’s music on the Gulf, it’s wonderful.