16 June 2022 First Song

My Uncle was watering his garden yesterday and was making rainbows in the process! A song of color for the eyes and reminder of good will.

Hello to you today. Hope this finds you well! Yesterday Link and I had a wonderful visit with my Aunt and Uncle. We had her wonderful meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli – yum! We talked about a lot of things to include music. It was so fun to see the two of them dancing in their seats to Chuck Berry’s song Johnny B. Good and sing parts of My Girl by the Temptations with my Aunt. We weren’t really agreeing about fossil fuel as an energy source but did agree every takes energy. It takes energy to GET energy! Our current main fuel source took a long time for the earth to create and once it’s gone it’s gone. With our climate change issues becoming more pressing change has to come. We can’t leave the kids with this mess to figure out – (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg)

When I got home music was on my mind and in particular the String Theory. Where my mind went was thinking of what was the first song to be played on a string instrument:

The earliest surviving stringed
instruments to date are the
Lyres of Ur, plucked
chordophones, which
currently exist in fragments
that date back to 4,500 years ago. The first
bowed chordophones were probably
developed in central Asia and were the
forerunners of an Indian folk instrument
known as the ravanastron. Oct 8, 2021
© https://study.com» academy the-st..
The String Family: Instruments, History
& Facts – Video & Lesson Transcript

Then of course I checked my other favorite playground besides Google, Youtube, and found this interpretation of the first known melody played on a Lyre:

https://youtu.be/QpxN2VXPMLc – The Oldest Known Melody Hurrian Hymn No 6 c. 1400 B.C

As I listened to this I started thinking about what it must be like for God and the earth to experience such a thing. There were bone flutes that have been found but they aren’t the same as hearing vibrating strings making harmonies of sound. If you really use your imagination the first true song or melody was probably made made by the vocal chords of someone singing or humming:

https://youtu.be/Tsh-0VvAGQA – Throat Endoscopy Exam While Singing

I wondered, as I couldn’t recall, if there was any record of Jesus singing and turns out he and his apostles sang a Hymn at the Last Supper:

Mark 14:22-26
New International
22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it’A)
and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this
is my body.”
23 Then he took a cup, and when he had given
thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank
from it. (B)
24 “This is my blood of thelal covenant, IC) which
is poured out for many,” he said to them.
25 “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the
fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new
in the kingdom of God.”(D)
26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out
to the Mount of Olives.(E)

Well naturally I was curious as to what Hymn they sang together – they don’t really know for sure beyond tradition of Passover:

While Scripture doesn’t explicitly state
which hymn was sang, Jewish tradition
reveals that the Passover meal was
concluded by singing the last portion of the
Hallel. The Hallel is comprised of Psalms 113
through 118. It is a joyous celebration of
praise and thanksgiving to God. Apr 9, 2020
Na http://aokmusicandarts.com news
The Psalm Sang at the Last Supper

I looked a little deeper and found out about the Hebrew Passover song Dayenu:

Dayenu (Hebrew:דַּיֵּנוּ‎) is a song that is part of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The word “dayenu” means approximately “it would have been enough”, “it would have been sufficient”, or “it would have sufficed” (dayin Hebrew is “enough”, and -enu the first person plural suffix, “to us”). This traditional up-beat Passover song is over one thousand years old. The earliest full text of the song occurs in the first medieval haggadah, which is part of the ninth-century Seder Rav Amram.[1] The song is about being grateful to God for all of the gifts he gave the Jewish people, such as taking them out of slavery, giving them the Torah and Shabbat, and had God only given one of the gifts, it would have still been enough. This is to show much greater appreciation for all of them as a whole. The song appears in the haggadah after the telling of the story of the exodus and just before the explanation of Passover, matzah, and the maror.

https://youtu.be/omvnuuppOlg – Dayenu Passover song

Many years ago, at a church I was attending in Florida, they did something really special by inviting the local Jewish community to share the experience of a Passover Meal with us. The path my explorations have taken me reminded me of that experience. Music is so good at being a book marker in my brain for memories. Little snippets of time, moments wrapped up in melody.

It’s fascinating to wonder what could have been the first song most likely made with strings of God’s own design. It makes me smile to think of our God possibly being a nerd too. You don’t manifest a lot of something out of nothing without a lot of creativity.

Virtually all astronomers now believe that the universe sprang forth in what is known as the “Big Bang” explosion, from a state of extraordinary compression and phenomenally high temperature in which forces such as gravity and electromagnetism were unified in a single, all-encompassing force.Jun 3, 1984

https://www.washingtonpost.com › …

Our Universe, Created From Nothing – The Washington Post

This is a first song for me. I can remember playing it on the record player in my parents basement. Such a beautiful voice, song and spirit of a person:

https://youtu.be/bCcKg2asm9k – Olivia Newton John – I Honestly Love You

A little rough around the edges but looking and smelling so lovely. I can understand why sometimes you will see a bee just wiggling around in flowers like this!