Try saying this French poem out loud:

(Go on!  It doesn’t have to be good.)

Roc a bail, bey bis;
On detruit tape.
Ou N. de Windt blouse,
Decret de l’huile roque. *
Image: Eulalie Banks
Try it a couple of times.  Even with the worst French accent, what you hear coming out of your mouth is very different from what your eyes are seeing. (see below if you gave up!)
Tricking our senses, foiling our expectations, surprising us with the unexpected is one of the many joys of our sense of hearing.  While it’s true that we crave hearing the familiar, such as a loved one’s voice, the sound of a crackling fire, that song that you can’t get enough of (“My Heart Will Go On”? “Disco Duck?”), strange and unfamiliar sounds can wake up our senses.
Speaking of ducks, take the oboe.  (The oboe portrays the Duck in Prokofieff’s Peter & the Wolf, a narrated symphonic fairy tale.)
Colin Maier is the oboist in Quartetto Gelato, perhaps most famously known for his ability to “shred” incredibly virtuosic passages of music while suspended in mid-air.  Doing the splits.
Sometimes looking and quacking like a duck doesn’t make you duck.  Or a set of bagpipes. Even a duck can’t hold its breath for the 2:30’ that Colin does here.
Was I the only one who was gobsmacked at hearing Lady Gaga go legit at the 2015 Oscars?  I’m accustomed to seeing her in 15-inch platforms or a headpiece that looks like a giant inverted corn broom. The last thing I expect coming out of her mouth is a Rodgers and Hammerstein medley:
Some loved it, some hated it, but nobody expected it.  What more could you ask?
*Rock-a-bye baby;

on the tree top.

When the wind blows,

The cradle will rock.