It’s a simple chime heard around the world.

They say that memory is most easily invoked by the sense of smell.

Sometimes, it’s about a sound.

Tulips outside Old Main, a true sign of spring on Penn State's University Park campus.

Old Main. Penn State University. Photo by Alina Gluck.

It’s the reason I like to walk around a local university campus. A few years ago, they installed the bells.

At every quarter hour, they replicate the sounds of that old clock tower, theΒ one donated to my Alma Mater in 1904.

It’s the sound that I associate with education, hope, a life renewed.

And most of all, the sound of the place where I met my husband.

Something magical happensΒ while walking a footpath, surrounded by well manicured lawns, on a beautiful sunlitΒ Spring day.

I am taken back.

It’s a wonderful thing.


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62 Responses to Chimes

  1. Erika Kind says:

    I can imagine that also sounds bring back memories. Such lovely memories you link to those bells, Van, and a lovely place!

  2. I have a grandfather clock that chimes this same tune. I agree with you that sound can elicit as pleasant a memory as any of our other senses. Nice to see a post about joyful memories. Thank you for sharing.

  3. People don’t write much about auditory memories – guess it’s not as romantic as other types of memories. My home growing up was near railroad tracks. Now every time I hear a train, I think of home.

    • That’s funny, CM. I lived on a block that sat close to a steel mill on one side, and RR tracks on the other. We blocked all that sound out growing up. When the mill went on strike and shut down…there was a spooky silence. ☺

  4. Hi friend
    I’m still laughing at Chewbacca Lady, do you mind if I reblog? I’ve found several great ones to add to conga line!

  5. I remember the college bells, Van. You’re right that sounds can take us back in time. We are filled up with memories πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, how lovely, Van πŸ™‚

  7. You my lady, are a sweet romantic. That sounded so good. The chimes in the video remind me of the old Cathedral we attended Church as a small girl and my First Holy Communion there.

  8. Nurse Kelly says:

    Beautiful, Van. xoxo

  9. Val Boyko says:

    So many memories … thanks Van for inspiring some of my own today πŸ’›

  10. George says:

    You’re right about sounds bringing you back, Van and you expressed it so eloquently with your words.

  11. TanGental says:

    sort of ‘return to splendour’ I suppose

  12. C.E.Robinson says:

    Van, I love the sound of bells too. I have a temple bells chime hanging in my yard. It’s very soothing! πŸ’› Elizabeth

  13. (smiling) I like the smell of spring blossoms and the sound of chimes in the wind, not sure why but both make me feel light and blessed. ❀
    Diana xo

  14. Norah says:

    I have never thought of bells chiming for education but why not?

  15. lbeth1950 says:

    Those little trips back are wonderful.

  16. I love this Van! Those sounds and smells that bring things back, so special!

  17. Reblogged this on lynz real cooking and commented:
    Really loved this one!

  18. spearfruit says:

    I came over from Lynz Real Cooking. I have a grandfather clock in my house and love to hear the chimes – very relaxing. Have a happy day! πŸ™‚

  19. Sounds can bring back memories, they are strong enough to churn the brain… a nice post… πŸ™‚

  20. Rowena says:

    I can’t be entirely sure but I think we also had those chimes at Sydney University when I was there. They also play them for weddings I think or am I making all of this up?
    That’s the trouble with being a writer!
    xx Rowena

  21. joey says:

    Oh sense of smell is my number one memory-minder. Instantly and completely transported. But you know, auditory memory is keen too, because music can often do the same.
    I had bells on campus, too, and they still use them today. Love them!
    You paint a pretty picture in this post. Makes me smile πŸ™‚

  22. nimi naren says:

    So beautiful. Love your writing

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