To be free is the world’s most abundant goal one feels,
Freedom of speech, thought,
expression is a birthright but seldom felt by the many.
Music from it’s origin, be it the aborigines tribes mimicking
birds with gum leaves, or using the didgeridoo to cleanse
evil spirits before any auspicious ceremony.
Music has been known and understood as a source of open communication.
There are reasons to believe that it was the origin of all language.
Vibrations creating sound to humans in the first place was magic to their minds.
In the beginning, the aborigines kept instruments of it secretive, slowly only men could play the didgeridoo or the bull roarer and the reverberations created by it were played for selective ears in the tribe only.
But gradually, free folk of the world figured ways to create vibrations and sound out of them that was soothing for the ears. beat and rhythm found semblance in universe.
There is an even more intereresting wholesome pattern in the kinds of instruments and in their place of origin.
Australia : Wind bass instruments like the didgeridoo, gum leaves.
Africa : Percussive instruments made with animal skin, Djembe, Bougarabou.
The Russians, Scandinavian : String plucking and as we move towards Mongolia we saw interference of playing these like the violin, fiddle.
Germans : are known for the accordion, and use of wind and piano like keys to variate the sounds of music.
India : is a combination of string and percussion. the Tibet/ Himalayan region is known for it’s flute that was used mainly by the shepherds.
So freedom across the world was percussive, stringed, bowed, and even blowing in the wind.
People attached themselves to these instruments to freely express with others what they wish to express and the way of expression was so clear and pure that groups and hordes of people started to accept music as a means of celebration and well-being.
A free medium to communicate
And hence happy folk originated
our journey into contemporary indie folk will continue in the next article.