Just after school, I was having a conversation with my son.. regular mommy to son stuff..
How was school?
Good, The other section had an assembly..rather a rushed affair.
Well, they had this song.. and the music was funny.
How was it funny (I asked, knowing less about music than he did)
His response was interesting.. so I asked him to write it down.
When you read it, you will wonder, as I did..You will wonder.
Here it is:
“For their song, they set ’Where the mind is without fear’ to a strange, not at all likeable tune. After every line, they would return to C, as if they meant, ’Great, our minds are without fear, let’s go home for hot chocolate’, and ’Now knowledge is free, and just in time for lunch!’ – except in the last line, when they went two notes lower to A, as if to say ,’We’ve made all of these changes, but now we’re worse off’.
If they had done the reverse, then it would have implied a struggle to attain every stage of the ’heaven of freedom’, which paints a better picture of reality – all by changing one note (and changing the final A to C, as well). In addition, the point of good poetry is to not be able to fit it precisely to any one tune – so they were fighting something of an uphill battle.”
I’m still left wondering..