Saturday, July 7, 2012

Disappearing Sounds

It's Saturday morning and I'll be leaving on the ferry tomorrow. I kept this day free to run errands, do laundry, and just relax before going back to my research position at CBU. Still, when I woke up this morning at 7am, I thought maybe I should hop in my car and make one last mill whistle recording before I leave.

I drove around to a few locations -- the old city hall, the Millbrook Mall parking lot -- and then settled on the Cenotaph outside the new city hall. I arrived at 7:54am and got everything ready before sitting and waiting for the whistle to blow. I listened to the Saturday morning traffic, the water foundtain outside city hall, and a crow. And when 8:02am came, I realized I hadn't heard the whistle.

I sat there stunned. Had I somehow missed it? Surely this was one of the locations in Corner Brook where that would be impossible. 

Does this mean that the whistle doesn't sound on weekends anymore? And if so, when did that start?

I can't help but feel a little sad this morning knowing that the mill whistle is vanishing from the Corner Brook soundscape faster than I thought.