Summer Sounds: Screen Door Slam

Filmmaker Michael Ivey contributes the sound of a screen door slamming to our series Summer Sounds.

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Time now to take a short break from the news of the world and listen to a summer sound.

(Soundbite of music)

MICHAEL IVEY: I'm Michael Ivey. I'm a filmmaker in Westerville, Ohio. My summer sound is a screen door slamming.

(Soundbite of screen door slamming)

IVEY: Before cable TV, video games and texting, kids in West Virginia played outside all summer long. Running inside to grab a gulp of water and running back outside happened 10 times a day. Multiply that by a bunch of kids and, well, there was a screen door slam echoing through the hills and valleys of Fayette County, West Virginia from dawn till dusk, from May to September.

(Soundbite of screen door slamming)

IVEY: Don't slam that screen door was the catch phrase of summer when I was growing up.

(Soundbite of screen door slamming)

NORRIS: That was Ohio listener Michael Ivey. To write to us about your summer sound, go to and please remember to put the words summer sounds in that subject line.

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