My toilet is singing; my window replies

Posted on June 23, 2010. Filed under: Culture, Games, Health, HowTo, Music, Musings |

Alright, this is going to be a strange one, even for me! You know how, when the water-fill mechanism begins to deteriorate inside the water tank on a toilet, it might start to leak? Well, mine is doing this. In the past, when this has happened, it sounded like an annoying, constant trickle. Not this time. I work in a large room which contains an attached bathroom. I was sitting here, typing away, as I will do, when I heard a mournful but uplifting tune from not far away. At first, I thought a neighbor might have the radio on. Both bubbly and mystical—what instrument could it be? It sounded a bit like panpipes+water fountain. I wanted to know which station was playing this music. I stood up, and noticed that the closer I got to the bathroom, the louder the tune became.

You guessed it; it was coming from the commode. The WC. The lowliest, yet greatly useful, appliance in the house. I’d patched in a couple of devices to regulate water pressure a while back, and the nice, clean water was spritzing through one of those. My first thought was I’d have to go to Home Depot and get a new thingy (technical term), but just as I was about to jiggle the handle (that’s the temporary fix for these things, right?) I drew back, as if from a hot stove, and realized I’d have to jot down the tune first!

You must understand I’m afflicted with a chronic sense of pitch recognition. When pouring a glass of water, I’ll hear a musical scale—all the pitches in the universe—as the water level gets higher. That’s why I used to think a container for serving drinks was called a “pitcher”, because it contained all the pitches!*

Perhaps you have seen the public television creativity promotion which features a composer sitting at a piano, looking for inspiration for his latest piece? He happens to glance out the window, and notices five electrical power lines arranged horizontally, like a musical staff. On the lines perch several birds. He plays the notes represented by the birds on his piano, and, voilΓ ! his new melody.

I was feeling rather like that bloke. Except, while he was inspired by birds! in nature! I was inspired by…a toilet.😦 Should I read something into that? {Insert joke/bad pun}

So… I’m writing the notes on staff paper when we get one of those desert “breezes” that can sometimes rattle the windows. (Yes, my windows need repair, as well as the commode.) The wind made this “whoosh” sound (rather glissando-like), then a rumbling (percussion), and the window rattled a beat just right to accompany the tune I was writing.

The harmony is emerging naturally from the tune. It’s in a plaintive, inquisitive mode. It forms itself as I sit here and take dictation, and mold it all into a coherent work. I like this work. It’s one of the best things I’ve written in some time. The thing is: What shall I call it? “Toilet Symphony”? I think not!πŸ˜• Somehow, “Ode to Water and Wind” sounds a bit…meh! Can you help me out with a title? If I choose yours, I’ll send you a Muse-o-graphed copy of the final score when it’s complete! β™ͺ β™« (Just promise me you won’t play it in the bathroom!)

*Actually, no I didn’t. I just made that up. But it seemed to fit.πŸ™‚

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10 Responses to “My toilet is singing; my window replies”

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The WC playing Muse?πŸ™‚ Oh please do send the Muse-o-graphed copy and I promise not to play it in the bathroom!πŸ™‚ This surely did bring a smile!! Thanks!
Pitches? really?!?!πŸ™‚ And yeah…very technical thingy! Jiggling the handle always works…doesn’t it?πŸ˜€

ode to a commode
the me-loo-dious potty
sounds from the underground
the boom from the room where you groom
the dulcet toilette
tune of the throne
the euphonious elements
symphonious ablutions
the lyrical latrine
lavatory in legato

sorry, i went crazy using thesaurus.com

Apar, your title has charm. I have quite a bit of work to do on the harmony and percussion yet, but, since you asked nicelyπŸ™‚ yes I’ll send you a copy. Glad it made you smile! Jiggling the handle did work in this case, but now it sort of burbles rather than sings. About to install my new thingy!πŸ˜€

I am left speechless by your submission, sulz! I’m quite taken with each line, but, particularly “the euphonious elements” and “symphonious ablutions” as they don’t specifically mention the, um, appliance in question. Nobody really needs to know the inspiration besides us, right? I shall be giving these due consideration, and kudos for doing actual research! All your titles sort of make a poem. I’m not sure you should seek publication, though.πŸ˜€

Both of you: OK, you know me. Is this post, just, weird? These things happen in my life, and I come here and write them down, but I was a little trepidatious with this one.πŸ™‚

maybe this was a teeny bit loo-py. HA! Couldn’t resist. To be honest i am wondering if the toilets in usa are more musical than malaysian ones cos ours are totally off key! Or maybe my ears can’t tell a tune? The latter is more likely.

Methinks you are having a Pluto transit, Muse.
Good to read you again, I’ve been gone for awhile.
Om shanti.

sulz, did you hear my {{groans}} all the way from the US?πŸ™‚ You are musical! You once told me you played the piano.

Have missed you, yogini, although I’m not sure THIS post is the one I’d have chosen for you to land on after being away.πŸ™‚ You may be right; I surely am going through a reality shake-up at the moment. Om peace.

This as Sulz said is a loopy postπŸ˜‰ Sorry could not resist either…but then it still is so Muse(ly) writtenπŸ™‚
@Yogini: Astrology?! what does Pluto (the non-existent “planet”πŸ™‚ ) have to do with this?! just curious!πŸ˜€

Haha, “Muse-ly written”! Thanks, AparπŸ™‚ I don’t know how often yogini checks in here, but she is an excellent astrologer. If that interests you, check out her blog, this one is interesting: http://yogini.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/doing-nature/

Have you seen the movie August Rush!?!??!??! It’s abt a little kid that hears music EVERYWHERE. Of course, it’s also a bit of a love story and family sappiness but the music is great.

You know, Care, I remember hearing about that film, but never got there. Thank you for the reminder {goes on rental list}πŸ™‚


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