It's weird, the coincidence of this thread, to me. I woke this morning with this song on my mind, it's still replaying in my head, but I don't
mind. I'm certain it's not a commercial jingle earworm. I can't remember exactly the title of this song, but it's from early 1970's, maybe
1970. It's not a rock pop soul or folk. Just a very happy tune. I THINK it was sung by the late Karen Carpenter. (Who sounded normally more
melancholoy, otherwise.) She says, "sing sing a song,......" and a choir of children in the background going, "la la la la la...."
· Words from extant examples suggest responsorial or antiphonal singing. Most ancient singing was probably monophonic (single line of music,
· Other texture descriptions include polyphonic (multiple lines of music sounding together), homophonic (block chords moving in the same
rhythm or a melody over a static harmony), and heterophonic (different versions of the same melody sounding together)
· The example with musical notation probably dates from Sumerian(maybe Babylonian) time: a hymn on creation of man with both words and musical
notation. No one has deciphered the music, but scholars think that the musical symbols refer to melodic patterns, not individual notes
· Babylonians: Sumerians gave way around 2000 BC; Babylonians ruled Mesopotamia around 2000 to1000 BC. They enlarged array of instruments,
refined designs; oboes and lutes found from this time
· Assyrians: Ruled from 1000 to 600 BC, “Renaissance of the Ancient Middle East.”
· There was much more interaction with other areas, especially Egypt
· Evidence of music for secular purposes: festivals and feasts, public performances
· Egypt: Another region of ancient civilization. Earliest civilization was around 3000 BC.
· Instruments seen in paintings and found in tombs
· Art work shows music was for religious purposes, probably arising from rituals:
· Rattles and clappers could be used to drive away evil spirits
· Later more elaborate services included chanting, sometimes instruments (symbols of divine power)
· Old Empire(3000-1580 BC) instruments were soft-sounding (harps, vertical flutes, double reed-pipes)
· New Kingdom(ca.1600-1090 BC) switched to louder instruments like shawms and trumpets. Suggests influence from China where these instruments
· In Old Kingdom, music was an elite art; when East Asian instruments became popular, upper classes preserved old styles and instruments
· After c. 1500 BC, musical life became more active and secular songs and dancing music were added to the religious music
· Ancient Jewish Music: Knowledge here is even more limited than Egypt
· No written notation, but they had Chironomy: system of hand movements to indicate melodic contour. Early written notation may be derived
from written tracing of hand movements
· Instruments: great variety: one study indicates 145different musical instruments mentioned in the Bible.
· Jewish Service: scholars used to think early Christian services modeled after Jewish ones; now there is controversy on this point. 2 types
· Temple service was mostly sacrifice (twice a day); musical portion was singing of psalms, parts of the Pentateuch (first 5 books of
· Synagogue was originally for holy readings appropriate to the calendar. Not much music included; later, after Destruction of (second)
Temple of Jerusalem (70 AD), some temple practices came into synagogue including singing of psalms
· Ancient Greece (800-c.350BC): of all ancient cultures, we know most about Greece. Both secular and sacred music extremely important to
· Music was a central part of education because of the Doctrine of Ethos: Music affects character, different kinds of music affect character
differently. Different “kinds” of music were defined by modal content, also by instruments used
· Modes: Dorian was manly, strong, ennobling; Phrygian was passionate, headstrong; Lydian effeminate, lascivious; Mixolydian sad, mournful;
· Secular music: poetry and drama (Aristophanes, Sophocles) often set to music in ancient Greece. Music also used at Games(Pythian every 4
yrs at Delphi in honor of Apollo)
· Primary sources: Plato’s Republic, Aristotle The Politics, and especially Aristoxenus Harmonic Elements (ca.330 BC). Music closely
connected with mysticism, metaphysics, astronomy, number symbolism. Music inseparable from numerical concepts: Greeks thought numbers were the key to
all existence. Also a few fragments of music are valuable primary sources, such as Seikilos Epitaph inscribed on a tombstone, around 1stcentury AD.
Has clear rhythmic notation
· Ethos of music was the result of three factors: rhythm, genus, mode
· Rhythm is easiest: determined by long and short syllables of text. Instrumental music used same rhythmic(metric) patterns as poetry.
· Genus: basic unit of pitch was tetrachord. Pythagoras mathematically determined size of diatonic intervals around 500 BC. A tetrachord’s
outer pitches were a 4th apart, inner two notes moveable. Configurations of 4 notes were the different genera. Combining tetrachords results in a
2-octave scale; Greeks called it the GreaterPerfect System (GPS). With GPS, you could create melodies that would stay in a key or tonos; Lesser
Perfect System was created to enable modulation from one tonos to another.
· Mode: a more abstract concept: an octave segment of GPS with a characteristic pattern of tones and semitones (like a scale); but the concept
also includes characteristic melodic formulas, rhythmic and poetic forms. Combination of all of these characteristics gives a mode its “ethic”
"Sound therapy" may seem like just the latest New Age fad, but in fact it dates back thousands of years. "The use of sound and music is the most
ancient healing modality," says Jonathan Goldman, founder and director of the Sound Healers Association from Colorado, and author of Healing Sounds
"It was practised in the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Tibet, India, Athens and Rome for tens of thousands of years. Much of this information
disappeared in the West, but it's been re-emerging in the last 10 or 15 years."
Even if you didn't know that a thousand years ago the Chinese believed music could do everything from transform people's characters to restore the
fertility of the soil, you do know that sound is a powerful force. Most of us, at one time or another, practise our own version of music therapy.
We instinctually make — or seek out - sound to express our emotions. A mother naturally sings to soothe her baby. When we're depressed, we play or
make our favourite music, either to lift us out of our gloom or to intensify it; when happy, we play joyous music to enhance the mood.
We're in good company. In The Iliad, Apollo, the mythical god of Pythagoras trained music and medicine, halted a plague students to release because he
was so pleased with the sacred hymns sung by Greek youths.
Pythagoras, who discovered that all music could be expressed in numbers and mathematical formulae, founded a school that, among other things, trained
students to release worry, fear, anger and sorrow through singing and playing musical instruments.
Music is a fundamental component of all major religions, from Christian hymns to Jewish cantorial melodies to the muezzin calling Muslims to prayer.
Buddhists recite mantras and prayers and chant to win merit in this life and those to come. Millions of people around the world chant the Sanskrit
mantra Aum' daily to purify mind and body and become one with all creation.
Sufis (the esoteric branch of Islam) hold that higher states of consciousness can be attained by concentrating on the reverberations of bells and the
harmonic echoes of choirs. And Judaism's mystical Kabbala teaches that chanting certain vowel sounds connects one with the energies of the Divine.
Don Campbell may be one of the leading American pioneers in his field, but the man he calls the Einstein of sound is Alfred Tomatis, MD, a Frenchman
who's devoted his life to the study of the human ear and the effects of musical sound on the brain. It was Tomatis who first established that foetuses
can hear sound.
Back in the 1960s, the Paris-based physician was called in to investigate a strange malaise that had overtaken a monastery of Benedictine monks in the
south of France. Out of the blue, the brothers had become listless, tired and depressed. Once other medical authorities had ruled out physical causes,
Tomatis began to search for changes in their diet or work conditions but discovered none.
After a lengthy discussion with the monks, however, Tomatis learned that before they took ill, the monks used to gather eight or nine times a day and
chant for 10 to 20 minutes. But thanks to the reforms of Vatican II, their daily chanting had been reduced by several hours a day.
It dawned on Tomatis that the physiological benefits of their chanting -slowing down their breathing, lowering their blood pressure and elevating
their mood and productivity - were at the heart of the monk's lethargy.
His solution: restoring their full sonic regimen of Gregorian chants. The effects were dramatic. Within six months, the monks were back to their old
vigorous and healthy selves.
According to Tomatis, all cranial nerves lead to the ear, which explains why soothing musical harmonics not only induce states of deep relaxation, but
directly affect breathing, the voice, the heart rate and digestion.
In fact, Tomatis' research has led him to theorise that sacred chants from various religious traditions "charge" the cortex of the brain, which sheds
light on the transformative power of certain musical and vocal sounds.
edit on 15-4-2011 by Free4Ever2 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Free4Ever2
Guys dont just post songs, tell us how it affects you in life.
i dont want this thread being moved for being just music.
i want to know the phsycological effect it has on you
Thanks guys and gals xx
I only saw this post of yours, after I posted my song that was on my brain today. That song takes me instantly back to that time period I stated.
For some reason, I keep getting this image of me wearing a light white sweater, and it is Springtime. The air is clean and deliscious smelling,
(there are no constantly present chemtrails which I see now, and make me cough, which exacerbates my terrible hystamine allergies.) The clouds are
high, puffy and white. I can smell nearby growing Lilacs. I am on my way to or from gradeschool. Or I am going to the store with my dad or playing
outside with my brothers and our StingRay bicycles and BatMan batwing dogfight kites.
Being a drummer myself, my musical hero has always been Led Zeppelin's John Bonham. He is, IMO, the single best drummer that the music world has seen
to this point. And nothing by Led Zeppelin gets me more upbeat than this song:
Christopher Tin's wonderful composition "Baba Yetu." The entire song is sung in Swahili, lyrics actually being The Lord's Prayer in Swahili. This is
the first song from a video game that won a Grammy. Wiki.
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