If Music Be The Food Of Life, Play On

Music soothes the savage beast — or breast.

Michael Trigg

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The first recorded music was on April 9, 1860. Not that long ago in relation to the amount of time that humans in some form or other have been around on this planet. According to historical records, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville first recorded a clip of the French folk song “Au Clair de la Lune.”in 1860. This first recorded sound would thus fall sometime between the early experiments in recording the human voice and the recognizable “Au Clair de la Lune” song.

The musical melody, “Hurrian Hymn №6” is considered the world’s earliest complete piece. However, the oldest musical composition is the AD Greek tune known as the “Seikilos Epitaph.” It is the earliest known piece of music to have survived in full from the first century. The song was found engraved on a woman’s gravesite in ancient Turkey alongside a marble column.

Given that early humans had no means of writing, it is quite possible musical tunes were being created some millions of years ago by many of our different ancestor groups.

So how did music begin? What types of instruments did they use? Did our early ancestors first start by using their voices to sing? I would have to presume that pursing the lips and whistling was one of the first musical “instruments.” That, or humming and possibly snapping the fingers and maybe banging on a hollow piece of wood. Then, there is the echo created in caves from the human voice.

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I think music has always been important in human society. Why? I think music brings people together. What other reason is there for concerts ranging from opera to orchestral to rocking and raving rock concerts? If it was just the music or appreciation of a particular musical group or songs, people in this modern world could save a great deal of money by staying home and watching YouTube on an 85-inch screen or listening to music on home stereo systems. No. Attending a concert brings us together with like-minded people who have an appreciation for the same music genre or musicians. There is a feeling of belonging, such as membership in a tribe.

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Michael Trigg

A “Jack of all Trades” and master of some: Mechanic, Writer, Sales Rep, TV producer, Management, Insurance Agent, Consultant www.handshakeconsultants.com