Music and Songs of the Muajra – Part 1

I can never prove this to any of you but I may be the only human to have enjoyed J.S. Bach on an ET craft. When Dude took me off planet 2 years ago, I was given the opportunity to by his sentient craft, to listen to some music while I rested in my room. And naturally Bach seemed like a good choice !

For years I have wondered whether ETs have music but never thought to explore the issue in any depth during my encounters. Several times in the past, Dude has said to me that we humans don’t know anything about the true power of music. I knew he was serious but I didn’t ask any more because I was just feeling plain stupid. Dude has a way of illuminating me that tends to make me feel embarrassed that I’m a human. He’s patient and witty and down right provocative. So at the time I didn’t dare challenge him. And then last week while we were working on my novel, I accidentally began a scene about music and song and he began to tell me about the music and song of his people.

What follows are extracts from our conversation :

“To tell you about our music and our songs, I’d have to condense billions years of our history into a few thousand words. But before I do that, let me tell you a little of the purpose of our music and our songs. Unlike humans, we do not have performers. There is no single Muajra who thinks of themselves as a musician. It is true that some may have a more natural flair for music but all Muajra are capable of creating music, should they wish to. The same is true for all of the arts and all disciplines as you would think of them. We do not have artists, actors, scientists, priests, architects, academics etc. If we wish to explore something, we explore it. So, in music we do not have performers. Therefore there is no entertainment industry devoted to music, no special devices for playing recorded or live music, no special academies devoted to teaching music, no pop stars or rock stars or music stars of any sort.

And yet music and song has great value to my people. When we create music or sing songs, we do so with a very different purpose to those used by humans. Music and song helps us to experience the full range of emotions and physical sensations. We use a particular piece of music or a particular song to explore a particular emotion or set of emotions and to experience particular sensations in our bodies. Specific sounds, melodies, rhythms  or voices; will help us to have a deeper appreciation of a particular thing. Perhaps an experience and an appreciation of a place, perhaps a person, perhaps a story, perhaps an event, perhaps even a specific feeling that we experienced or another experienced some time in the past or even in the future.” 

 
 
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