I have been reading a lot of blogs since A-to-Z challenge wrapped up, and I have found a lot of “blog-spiration.” So as a consequence, I have a back-log of “ideas” for posts inspired by other posts, and I am seriously behind. So yes, maybe I could post a lot here in the next few days (I hope.)
I have been quite inspired by Arlee Bird at “Tossing it Out”, who has been doing some very interesting research on preferences. Recently he asked about “What makes the Ultimate Melody?” along with a slew of other questions which you’ll want to go check out at his blog. And definitely read all the comments. It’ll take you a little while, but it’s no problem. I’ll wait. I’ll just play a song to amuse myself while you go.
So in the comments I mentioned that I like folk melodies because there are so many millions of ways different people use them and change them, and yet they can be rather simple. (If you have 10 min or so, click on the above link to a set of English Folk Tunes set for wind band by Ralph Vaughn Williams in 1923, and arranged for orchestra in 1924.) So Arlee responded with this question:
Forty — Now you’ve made me wonder “What was the first melody?” A bird song? A cascade of tones inspired by natural sounds or the sound of work?
I would have just responded to his response, but it got rather long, so here we are. I decided to look to see what was the first reference in the Bible to music, and it’s in Gen 4:21. It turns out that Cain’s great-great-great-great grandson, Jubal, was “the father of all those who play the harp and flute.” But in the absence of any other information, I think it sounds like there were at least people in those days who sought to imitate something by creating things like harps and flutes. With those two instruments mentioned, I’d say that a bird song was a likely subject for the first melody. And if that were true, maybe the first melody occurred in the Garden of Eden. It made me wonder if Adam heard this melody and sang it to his children and grandchildren, etc, and if, through Jubal, it could have been preserved, and if so, did this melody survive the Great Flood, and if it did, are we still hearing echoes of it today??? How awesome would that be?
Just some questions I came up with to answer your question, professor Arlee ! Thanks so much for A to Z and for all the great blog-spiration that you Toss Out 🙂
And now, chers lecteurs, go forth and be blog-spired!