03.22.2009

Nothing New Under The Sun

Posted by AJ Harbison at 12:01 am

My lovely wife was in the kitchen the other day, and she hummed a short bit of a tune. I happened to be nearby, and, as I often do, asked her what it was she was humming– it sounded to me like “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” (the Christmas carol). She hesitated, so I next asked if it was from a song from Phantom Of The Opera–I can’t remember what song it’s from, but there was a part of a song (a bridge, I think) that sounded the same as the opening line of the carol. She said no, it was neither one of those; she’d actually just been humming without having any particular song in mind. We also determined that the folk song “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean” also starts with the same melody line. So she was either humming something original, or three different songs all at the same time.

“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, ‘See, this is new’? It has been already in the ages before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

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