Most anyone would prefer waking up to music over a startling, unpleasant beeping or ringing. Before the age of downloadable ringtones, clever DIY-ers still had that option. All they had to do was connect their alarm clock to a phonograph.
Setup entails choosing the perfect wake-up music, then clamping the alarm clock's metal arm to the lever of the record-player just before it touches the disc. When the alarm goes off in the morning, the clock releases the metal arm, the lever touches down and "you are wakened by your favorite musical selection." Just be sure to change it up once in a while, lest your favorite song be ruined by being associated with waking up.
Read the full story in Awake to the Sound of Sweet Music.