A Natural Phenomenon: Music!

Music is basically a coordinated series of sounds, but it’s also divided into musical notes that are named after seven letters of the alphabet. In fact, in a musical scale, which is different than the karatin plate of a reptile, has eight letters in it, not just seven, which plenty of people think it is. A c scale, for example, goes from middle c, to d, e, f, g, a, b, and right back to c, which is eight letters. The whole thing repeats, going up higher than a human can hear, and down below too, though most instruments can’t play that.

Another important part of music is rhythm. It is a natural part of our lives, of nature, so that’s why you feel an irritating urge to tap your leg when you’re listening to a catchy song. Can anyone guess what parts rhythm have in our lives? Our bodies! Our hearts beat rhythmically (bbom, bboom, bboom), we breathe rhythmically, and our bodies wake up and sleep on rhythm. The planet Earth, and in fact the whole Universe rotates in a complete rhythm, even though it is careening through space.

If you’re not a very big fan of music, that’s fine.  I’m not trying to say that’s wrong, or anything. Personally, I love music (if you’re looking for a lovely song, check out Chouwa oto. It’s a lovely Japanese song, and it doesn’t matter if you can tell what it means), and I play the piano voluntarily (wow) every single day. I know this was probably a really, really short post, but it’s the best I can think of now.



Note: I corrected this post on December 27, 2010. I said “There are actually six letters in music” when there were in fact seven. Sorry for that error!


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