photo of an American Toad by Lang ElliottDuring our discussion of what makes a recording relaxing, my friend Dorothy Gracey commented that “distant thunder/rain and a soft frog chorus would be heavenly.” So I’ve decided to give her what she wants.

I made the following recording, which I call ThunderToads, in early April of 2000, at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky (which you’ve probably gathered is one of my favorite places to record). A thunderstorm was passing by, though mostly in the distance. Several American Toads were sounding off from a wetland next to the road, and Spring Peepers were singing lightly in the background. After many rounds of thunder, it finally began raining:

American Toads, distant Spring Peepers, and distant thunder, then rain, 8 pm, 10 April 2000, Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. Recorded by Lang Elliott.

This soundscape is one of nature’s finest lullabies! The toads are lovely and the distant thunder is soothing. The entire recording lasts a little over and hour. I intend to offer it for sale as a sleep aid. Whatya think? Might this recording help you transition into the land of heavenly slumber? I almost fell asleep while editing the recording for this post!

NOTE: Please don’t listen to this recording using tiny little speakers. If you do, you won’t hear the lovely low frequency rumble of the thunder. I advise using a speaker setup that is accompanied by a subwoofer, or else listen using headphones.


  1. The American Toad is one of my favorite frog and toad sounds. Every spring, when I hear a distant chorus of them, it sounds so melodic. This would be an excellent sleep aid. You should make one of those clocks that makes the sounds to help you fall asleep. This should be one of the sounds. You could make your own company called “Lang Inc.”

  2. american toads are one of the things I use to focus on when I feel a panic attack coming on. they provide a long uninterupted sound to focus on. love this recording. I record nature sounds myself, actually. was wondering if you have any recordings of cope’s gray treefrogs?

  3. Sublime. Man, my grandkids all go to sleep with those obnoxious white noise generators hissing and burping–what I wouldn’t give to replace it with this. Great memories photographing toads and peepers in Appalachia. Great track–maybe you could do an album, call it “Triller.”

  4. Lovely, Lang! I definitely think you should offer the hour-long recording, and I wouldn’t mind falling asleep to that every night. Also love the name “Thunder Toads.”

    • Thank you Nicholas. I hope to offer a number of “long form” recordings, varying in length from 15 minutes up to an hour or more. These will be offered individually, while recordings under 10 minutes will be included in compilations (titles).

  5. ZZZZzzzzzzz…. OH! Very relaxingggggzzzzzzZZZZZZZzzzzzz

    Marvelous soundscape Lang. Find these is like finding treasure.

  6. So, Mother Nature DOES sing a lullaby, and you’ve captured it, beautifully (no surprise there!) So rarely do we bizzydizzy humans manage really, truly, to “be still” but in the comforts of this music, perhaps even the most distracted of us will do just that. This is very soothing, resting, and therefore no doubt quite healing on many levels. My thanks to Dorothy whose post may have incited you to share this with us, and yes, please, a fuller length version when you get these CD projects compiled 🙂

    Wow, this is really a knockout (no pun …)

  7. Perfect contrast to “the Twittering of the Birds” morning soundscape. I’ve heard this exact thing on many camping trips and I just love falling to sleep to it.

  8. Hi,

    I learned of your website and recording through a posting by Birdchick. I am home sick with the flu today and your recording certainly made me feel better!

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