So, I’m still hyper-focused on how I want to do music.
(Actually, to be perfectly honest I’m hyper-focused on about 3 different things and none of them are probably what I should be focusing on. . .)
So, how did music start?
We don’t know. I mean, we really don’t have a clue. But, I have noticed something that keeps coming up again and again in one of the classes I’m teaching this year:
Man takes from what he’s familiar with.
And the first sounds came from nature.
In the beginning:
– there was silence
– then there was water – babbling brooks, rushing streams, crashing oceans (maybe rains / storms?)
– then there was land / plants – air flow, rustling leaves, whistling (tumbling rocks?)
– then there was the silence of the Heavens. (This has been my personal favorite of late.) Actually, this is such an important part of music (the “rest”) I think many people could learn from this.
– then fish and birds. Whales “sing”, but they aren’t fish. . .But birds, after the above that must have been a cacophony of noise!
– then land animals. They make music of sorts and not only vocal; thundering hooves, thumping chests, an elephant’s trumpet. . .
And then man. . .and man is notorious for taking from what they know.
One book says rattles were the first instruments. . .that was, it is believed, to emphasize the “dancing”.
That made me think of “stomp” dancing. I wanna do that; and I think the boys would find that fun too. That’s a music form. (Plus, I think I could call it PE too!)
This leads into percussion, wind, and then strings. . .
I had read someone did a study of the orchestra during their ancient studies. I think I just led into that rather nicely (at least into a study of instruments). Now to give it a go and see how it pans out.