Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Musical Greeting


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

The random thoughts I have while driving...

What if we greeted each other in song? That is, what if when we met someone (like on the street), and instead of saying, "Hello, how are you?", we sang something instead?

23 comments:

  1. Ohhh. That would be scary! Nobody would want to hear me sing! LOL!

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  2. that would be liking living inside an overblown 1980's Broadway musical, where all the dialogue was sung...

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  3. Interesting! There is a language I learned about on a show called Hamilton's Pharmacopeia in which whistling conveys long distance messages.

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    1. I saw something about that (or something similar) after I had decided on this as this week's question.

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  4. It would not be pretty to be greeted by me. I'm tone deaf and can't carry a tune. On the other hand, hubby has a great voice so I would probably have him greet people in song when the two of us were together.

    betty

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  5. If I told you there was a science fiction story...it's from years ago and was called "The Moon Moth" by Jack Vance. On this planet, all free men wear masks. They communicate in song, accompanying themselves on one of several instruments. It's a fascinating culture and a wonderful story, I think. I don't remember men achieving status with quality of voice, though, so anyone could sing. As for me - people would run and hide if I tried to sing.

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    1. I've heard of Jack Vance, but I haven't read the story. I knew you'd know.

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  6. I will try that when I stand in line at the grocery store. Let you know how it goes!

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    1. Oooh, that would be an awesome blog post :)

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    2. Please do let us know......oh wha diddy dum diddy dum.....what shall become of that

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  7. Well if I did that the person I was meeting would cover their ears and run away singing their own song!!!! It would not be pretty!!! However on that note - hey, hey, we are the monkeys. People say we monkey around, but we are to busy singing to put anybody down.

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    1. Nooooo! I don't need that song stuck in my head!

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    2. So did you go around singing it all day?

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    3. No. I deliberately scrubbed it from my mind.

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  8. Oh I've got this song which is in my head permanently at the moment every time I go to write about one of my off the beaten track posts. It is Chicargo "everybody needs a little time away..." and I have wanted to use it but it is a bit morose and sad and not at all reflective of what I'm feeling, nor trying to convey... So I'm happy to sing it to you today! Which is a bit unfair given you've only just returned to work after the holidays! but you asked lol
    Wren x

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  9. This is funny because I actually met a guy I dated by walking up and singing, "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" He loved it! :D

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    1. I'd try that, but I don't have the chutzpah for it.

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  10. Well, if I was in a musical and could dance like Cyd Charisse and sing like Kathryn Grayson, I would say no probs. Unfortunately, if I sing, all the dogs and cats come to me:)

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    1. You'd just need Marni Nixon to dub it for you ;)

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