There are a million ringtones out there, and I hear quite a few of them each day. Back when all we had were land lines, ringtones weren’t that original. Still, we knew what to expect and we appreciated the consistency with which our telephones rang. Now, there are genres of ringtones to choose from: spoken word, popular songs, TV theme songs, beeps and drips and rotary phone brrrings. It fascinates me how people end up choosing just one from such a huge list. Do you pick a song that reminds you of your first love? Is it a character from a favorite movie? Do you base your choice on a ring that is jarring or one that is soothing?
Recently I changed my ringtone to the Pink Panther theme song. Whenever I hear it, I think of my dad. He’d watch Saturday morning cartoons with me when I was a kid, and the Pink Panther was his favorite. He’d laugh so hard at the animated antics that I couldn’t hear the television. Now, whenever I get a phone call it takes me right back to those happy days.
I chose a very different ringtone for my mom’s calls. Now that she’s nearing the 90-year-old mark, she’s become a little more dependent on me and slightly crankier. For her I chose Mr. Bean saying “Answer the phone! Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!” Very fitting, if I do say so myself.
My cousin set the ringtone for her 16-year-old daughter, Paige, to the voice of the teacher in the Peanuts cartoons, “Wah, waaah, waaaaaah.” This worked well for about a year, until Paige happened to hear it for herself. Ooops.
It’s very likely that many of you select your ringtones for similar reasons. What’s the story behind your ringtone? I’d like to know.
Lori Berezovsky is the library’s outreach coordinator.