i have written a song for you ! 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.