Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Music Soothes? Savage Beast?
Good morning, all!
We have a new development on the MET blog today - namely, a guest post written by my cousin Nathanael! (Hopefully the first of many!)
Embedded is the audio Nathanael requested to have as an accompaniment to his message - sort of a post soundtrack, if you will. :)
And, without further ado, here is Nathanael's post! Enjoy!
In the world, people have made up sayings, they are sort of like proverbs (sort of?), or wise tidbits of knowledge. Some are very practical, like: “Music soothes the savage beast.” This is the purpose of this (hopefully) well-written post, to dissect this utterance.
First, let us look at its relevance, one might imagine a wild beast. The beast is trapped in a cage, foaming at the mouth. The only way to ward off this rage is some calming wood flute. But why does this apply to modern life, then again, it might not mean that. I could be suggesting that when a human is in a "beast" mood or distressed, music could simmer his wrath or quiet him. All of these are honorable mentions, but it is still uncertain.
This saying could be Biblical, for in the Bible, King Saul had a spirit put upon him to torture him. And the only thing that would ease the bane of the nuisance was the future king David playing so skillfully his Lyre. It is noted that after playing it, Saul tried to throw a javelin through David, but, that is not the point. The point is: music can bring people back to what matters, or what is less intense.
What about minor scales and songs? For these, the saying could be mentioning that if a person is too happy, he might need a sad tune to wake him up from "paradise".