The Old Foghorn
The Old Foghorn
As I lay here sleepy
Wrapped in my warm blanket
I think of that cold, gray blanket
That wraps and smothers everything
Holding it prisoner.
Suddenly, the silence is pierced
By a penetrating, deep voice
That echoes out to an endless sea
As a parent calling out to its lost children
Again and again it cries out
Kewaunee Foghorn CD - New improved sound clarity!
In the early 1970's, it appeared that the familiar, old foghorn's sound may soon be quieted. Some lighthouses on the lake had already changed to the newer electronic devices which, while perhaps more effective, lacked the character of the old foghorn. Consequently, on a cool, quiet, foggy summer day while the car ferry was loading, a recorder was set on the shore to record the foghorn, waves, seagulls, the car ferry horn and the sound of the diesel train engine loading the car ferry. Some of these sounds may never return here but they are recorded for you!
Kewaunee Foghorn CD in the news:
April 12, 2006
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ANNOUNCEMENT 2006
In the late 19th century, Kewaunee Wisconsin, one of the great maritime ports of the northern Great Lakes, sought to challenge Chicago as Lake Michigan's supreme port city. Its car ferry and rail loading tracks were constructed in 1891 within a vast program of harbor improvements toward this goal. The port's original fog signal was removed in 1981 when an automated signal was installed. Improved rail connections to other cities led to the ultimate decline of the port. Kewaunee's aspirations were short lived. This recording provides lost sounds of the once bustling northern lake port.
I was informed on April 10, 2006, that a recording I made of the old foghorn in Kewaunee Wisconsin, in 1972,was made a part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, for 2005. My first reaction was it made me feel good that my hometown would be so recognized. A total of fifty recordings were included in the Registry for this year. Some of these recordings, besides the Old Foghorn in Kewaunee WI were: "Will the Circle be Unbroken", Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 1972, "Oh Happy Day", Edwin Hawkins Singers, 1969, "That'll Be the Day,", Buddy Holly, "In the Mood", Glenn Miller, "Wabash Cannonball", Roy Acuff.
The sound recordings are chosen by a board on the basis of their cultural, historic, aesthetic or other significance. The Congress enacted this law in 2000.
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Lake Michigan Foghorn Ringtone
20 second repeating Foghorn from the original Lake Michigan foghorn
You will get both the iphone M4R format and the MP3 format for Android, Blackberry and other mobile phones that use MP3 files as ringtones.Upon receipt of payment the Foghorn ringtones will be emailed to you complete with installation instructions.
Purchase The Old Foghorn CD and the unique foghorn ringtone together for only $14.99 plus $5 shipping and handling.
All images, recordings, and text Copyright © 1972, 2008, 2011 James Lipsky. All rights reserved.