Every island has a soundtrack that includes crashing or lapping waves, wind, the calls of birds and beasts, boat engines, music and voices. The aural experience generally serves as a backdrop, but it's an integral element that lulls and enlivens us in turns. Islands also have distinct sounds: Mackinac's clip-clopping horses, Antelope's bellowing bison, Little St. Simon's painted bunting calls, Daufuskie's Gullah language. Here are a few songs from my travels.


Wind in Palm Fronds and Chimes | Tybee Island, Georgia

Lapping Waves, Legoe Bay | Lummi Island, Washington

Rain on a Tin Roof | Ossabaw Island, Georgia

Falls of St. Anthony, Mississippi River | Nicollet Island, Minnesota

Band at Blue Heaven | Key West, Florida

Surf | Captiva Island, Florida

Incoming Tide, Puget Sound's Saratoga Passage | Whidbey Island, Washington

Slack Key Guitar Workshop | Napili Kai Beach Resort, Maui, Hawaii

Triton Conch Shell Call ("Pu") | Lana'i, Hawaii