Uh-oh. It's 1:27 AM. I thought I had a post ready to go, but I don't.
I like this photo though, so I'll start with that. It was taken with slide film. I think I'm the kid on the left, but I'm not positive.
I went on a hike in Tilden this morning, then I studied the history of music.
Here's what I learned:
OLDEST MUSICAL NOTATION
The earliest fragment of musical notation is found on a 4,000-year-old Sumerian clay tablet, which includes instructions and tunings for a hymn honoring the ruler Lipit-Ishtar.
Most historians consider “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” to be the earliest melody, composed in cuneiform by the ancient Hurrians sometime around the 14th century B.C.
The oldest musical composition to have survived in its entirety is a first century A.D. Greek tune known as the “Seikilos Epitaph.” The song was found engraved on an ancient marble column used to mark a woman’s gravesite in Turkey. These are the lyrics -
While you live, shine
have no grief at all
life exists only for a short while
and time demands an end.