The Nightingale’s songs

28 Sep

Nothing concrete has been established about the origin of music in our species. The earliest remains of musical instruments date back only 40000 years. But we may have been making sounds much before that as the voice box had started descending to a position lower in our neck region around 1.8 million years ago. So those ancient skulls reveal , they say. Some say, that as human babies had bigger heads than the older primates, they couldn’t cling to the mother and the mothers had to carry them around . The origin of the use of sounds may have been some form of “motherese” , says one hypothesis .
Darwin was of the view that music may have been used by our species much like bird songs, by the male to attract the female. Whatever may have been the origin, music may be one factor that helped bonding amongst the early homo-sapiens and given them the advantage over neanderthal man, so one theory goes and there are many.
It’s a remarkable ingredient of our lives. No two ways about it . Listening to one’s favourite music reportedly gives us a dopamine rush but the why is still a riddle as it does not have any intrinsic direct value in the evolutionary process like food or sex.
Why do we feel sad when listening to certain strains of music and why do we feel joyful while listening to others? Indian classical traditions even have particular ragas for the different times of the day and if you listen to them, they do evoke the moods that one would associate with the hours between the rising of the sun and it’s setting.

Here’s an early morning raga:

An afternoon raga:

An evening raga:

One for the night :

I’ve been reading up on all of this all day , all the time listening to the lilting melodies of Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 86 today. Her songs have matched all our moods and many , many of her melodies have a timeless quality .
Wishing Lataji a healthy , peaceful life .

Here’s a link to a nice collection of classical songs from the great singer.


Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Music


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10 responses to “The Nightingale’s songs

  1. dilip

    October 9, 2015 at 8:26

    How beautiful it is to hear the Raaga Shudh Sarang. Would love to listen to others too. Thanks Nadira and best regards.

    • dilip

      October 11, 2015 at 8:26

      As well as Ahir Bhairav by Madhusudan is superb!

    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      October 22, 2015 at 8:26

      Thanks for stopping by Dilip. Glad you liked the videos. Happy Dussehra to you 🙂

  2. justjoyfulness

    October 8, 2015 at 8:26

    Lovely post Eka. Have yet to listen to the videos but am sure they will be great. The reason we feel good or bad when listening to music is because everything is energy. All things vibrate at frequencies, including our brains, neurons, cells. Sound has a lot of power….

    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      October 22, 2015 at 8:26

      Very true…I guess even chanting of mantras and verses in various religions must’ve come into practice for that very reason, although everything has become so ritualisitic now.

  3. Remitha Satheesh

    September 29, 2015 at 8:26

    Music- a magic beyond all. You rightly said about it being a bond. Sometimes when I see all the atrocities happening in this world, i think why people just can’t listen to some soothing music when negative thoughts occur to them. it would make mankind a much better race. Stay calm and listen to some soothing ragas. wishful thinking i know, but still…

    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      October 1, 2015 at 8:26

      If only !!!! Shakespeare had said “”The man that hath no music in himself,
      Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
      Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”. But then there is no guarantee that he who loves music are beyond all that. Hitler was a great lover of music and regularly visited the opera when he was in Vienna, one has read on the internet.

  4. Sue Dreamwalker

    September 28, 2015 at 8:26

    Beautiful post Nadira, and wonderful music.. Sending love and Blessings your way xx

    • dreamingthruthetwilight

      October 1, 2015 at 8:26

      Thank you Sue. Hope you’ve been well. Will catch up with your writing soon. 🙂

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        October 2, 2015 at 8:26

        Thank you Nadira, yes I am well, thank you.. And please no worries about catching up,, Just to know you are well is thanks enough xxx


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