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love for music

My first passion in life is for listening to , writing , sharing , and performing original music. I remember sitting very quietly and listening to songs so intently as a youngster , absorbing every note , every nuiance and beautiful phrase. Music was truly magical to me back then and still is today. I love how you can convey any thought , feeling , or idea through music. Love , anger , sorrow , joy , fear , the full spectrum of the human experience can be adequately expressed through music. I've never lost my childlike fascination for music. Nothing gets me higher than hearing sweet harmonies , tasty melodies and sharing that feeling I get from music with others. Some of my influences incude The Police , Joe Satriani , Eric Clapton , Rage Against the Machine , Billy Joel , Dokken , Van Halen , Pink Foyd and George Benson. jeff adams / jeffadams100 :)

Where the words originated

Music actually dates back to 1250 AD and comes from the Middle French musique, which in turn derives from the Latin, musica, which in turn came from the Greek Mousikos, which referred to any of the arts ruled by Zeuss nine daughters who were known as the Mousae, or more commonly, the Muses.Chord This is interesting Chord comes from Middle English cord, which is simply a shortened version of accord. The musical meaning came into use sometime in the 1500s when chords became widely used in written music. To make the connection, a chord is three or more notes played simultaneously, or in accord with one another. The first recorded use of chord with the h in it was in 1608. Melody Again we look to the Greek for this one. Ancient Greeks used a word melos, meaning song and aoidein which meant to sing. These two words were combined to form melodia, ironically enough, the word for music. Melodia took a turn to Old French as melodie and then to good old English as melody sometime in the 1200s. Guitar You knew I had to add it. Guitar has an interesting etymology, in that it too derives from the ancient Greeks. The Greeks were obviously a very musical people and had a lovely little stringed instrument that today we call the lyre, only then it went by kithara. It seems the Arabs liked the kithara and coined their own term for it, qitar. Not to be outdone, the Spanish caught on and happily strummed their guitarras. Now you would think that we could have picked up on that one directly, huh? But no, it had to make one more stop by the French where it was renamed the guitare, from whence it finally arrived in English as our favorite instrument, the guitar. jeff adams / jeffadams100

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