I was watching a series about the history of music recently, during the course of the first programe the presenter explained how initially music was made up of single notes....until the first big breakthrough when someone decided to sing an octave higher to make a fuller sound. He then went on to explain that over a period of time people started experimenting adding different notes, interestingly this was done in the context of church music in the Middle Ages, until someone realized that some notes sounded good together while others didn't, and so harmonies were born. After a while some people really messed things around until as well as making the expected sound of the major key some radical added the note to create the minor key. Its amazing to think that the musical sounds we hear today had to be invented.
A day or two later I saw another program that was talking about how the major and minor keys replicate human speech patterns, a happy voice follows the major key and a sad voice the minor key.....this set me thinking if we had to invent the minor key how come no one noticed it much earlier if it matches human speech? and did any animals make sounds in a minor key? So I had the though "do birds sing in a minor key?".
Well there was only one thing to do and that was to type the question into Google. I was slightly surprised by what I found, and (assuming the site I looked at was correct....but it was some research at an American University), the answer came back that the only natural sounds in nature be it bird song or the sound of a waterfall are all in major keys. Now some people might at this point shrug their shoulders and say so what, but I was really struck at how unique as human beings we are, and how something as simple as music really sets us apart from the rest of creation.
Its amazing to think that God gave us the ability to use such a wide spectrum of sounds and the ability to replicate the way in which we speak into music, it is no surprise we find all sorts of emotions being stirred as we listen to different type of music. No wonder then that music is such and integral part of our worship, what a wonderful way God has given to us to connect to Him.