Old Songs

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Old songs emerge as archaeologists unearth a number of flutes from an “early Neolithic” grave site in China, as reported in Nature, vol. 401, p367 and New Scientist, 25 September 1999, p25. One flute was so well preserved, when played it had a tone scale similar to do-re-mi we are familiar with. Garman Harbottle of the National Laboratory, Upton New York commented “That makes you wonder if there isn’t something wired into the human brain that responds to a particular set of notes.”

Editorial Comment: He’s right! Music, along with other artistic abilities, was built into human beings by the Creator who made us in His image. We shouldn’t be surprised that earliest musical instruments have a recognisable tone scale. (See Jubal, Genesis 421) (Ref. music, man)

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