Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Living, the Musical


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.
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I'm pretty sure I've done this question before, but it popped into my head and won't be denied, so I'm going to do it again...

What if instead of speaking, we all sang when in conversation?

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  1. Ooh, that reminds me of a real life story. Some indigenous peoples use whistles to communicate, at least for long distance messages. I'll have to look up the details now. A fictional piece about this could be most interesting, too. If you posed this idea before, I don't mind. :) Be well!

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    1. Well, I found a plethora of information on various cultures. Thanks for inspiring me to look.

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    2. Yeah, I do remember something about whistling. I saw it on something or other.

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  2. That can be wonderful -- like Les Miz or Evita or Phantom of the Opera. But it can be terrible; remember Cop Rock?

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    1. I never saw any Cop Rock until a certain comedy news host played a bit of it to demonstrate a point. Sigh. I was happier having never seen any of it.

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  3. If I sounded like Judy Garland or anyone who can sing, that would be lovely but I can’t sing worth beans. If I started to sing all the dogs and cats would come running.

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    1. I doubt you're that bad. If we all did it all the time, I rather think we'd all be better singers.

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  4. The way some people sing, I think my ears would bleed after a while.

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  5. HAHAHAHA.....oh my gosh! That is just way to funny cause if that was the case no one would know what I was saying! Why? Cause I can't carry a tune in a bucket, so everyone would just cover their ears when I spoke....or sang!

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    1. The whole "I can't sing" thing seems to be a popular sentiment. This gives me an idea for next week...

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    2. So glad I could help out with your next question, as to which i commented on about my singing yet again.

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  6. Well, I guess I'd be used to it, so that would be okay. But, the idea is terrible! I'd be so sick of listening to singing, and getting people's ordinary conversations stuck in my head if they used a catchy tune! Would we have to make up tunes? We might talk (sing) less if so, so that's a plus. I'd probably talk less, just to avoid singing. I like some musicals, but it is funny how they just burst into song when talking would have done as well.

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    1. Hmmm. I wonder. Would we sing less or more? That's a good point.

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  7. That would be hysterically funny but people would run when they saw me coming!

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  8. Some tribes speak in this way, I saw a TV magazine about a remote village somewhere in South America where everybody do not talk but whistle. Another sort of language ;)

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  9. How interesting. I could see that people could express themselves more deeply if they were singing. But others might run away if they heard people like me who can't sing in tune. Maybe that's the idea for a good fantasy novel for you.

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  10. I'm game. I like to break out in song, actual or made up, now and then.

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  11. Yes, you did ask it. It's fortunate we don't sing our conversations because I would have been banished from society years ago. I think my response last time was to refer you to a classic SF story called "The Moon Moth" by Jack Vance.

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    1. It's weird how this question just wouldn't leave me alone. I figured it's been a while, so I might as well scheduled a rerun.

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