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Perfection Can Never be Attained?


“Dressed to the nines.”

Although the general consensus to the origin of “Dressed to the Nines” is unknown; consider the meaning to be simply a reference of scale. “ On a scale of one to ten; you are dressed to the nines”  Since perfection can never be attained, nine would be the absolute best.

The phrases ‘to the nines’, or ‘to the nine’, were used to indicate perfection – the highest standards. That was in use in the 18th century, as here from William Hamilton’s Epistle to Ramsay, 1719:

“How the nines, they did content me.”

‘To the nines’ has now gone out of use and only persists in the more specific ‘dressed to the nines’ (or sometimes ‘dressed up to the nines’).  Dressed to the nines, or dressed up to the nines are merely a version of the phrase that is applied to clothing.

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It is really rare for me to dress to the nines though.

However, there were many times I managed to grab some pretty dresses that cost me only $9.90 and put me up on cloud number 9!!

Do enjoy the song and have fun reading!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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Music Eras


The Prehistoric Music Era

Prehistoric music (previously called primitive music) is a term in the history of music for all music produced in preliterate cultures (prehistory), beginning somewhere in very late geological history.

It is possible that the first musical instrument was the human voice itself, which can make a vast array of sounds, from singing, humming and whistling through to clicking, coughing and yawning.

The use of the term ‘music’ is problematic within prehistory. It may be that, as in the traditional music of much of sub-Saharan Africa, the concept of ‘music’ as we understand it was somewhat different. Many languages traditionally have terms for music that include dance, religion or cult.


The Ancient Music Era

Ancient music is music that developed in literate cultures, replacing prehistoric music and is designated by the characterization of the basic audible tones and scales. It may have been transmitted through oral or written systems.

Ancient music refers to the various musical systems that were developed across various geographical regions such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, India, China, Greece and Rome.


The Medieval Music Era

Medieval music is Western music written during the Middle Ages. This era begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and ends sometime in the early fifteenth century.

Instruments used to perform mediaeval music still exist, but in different forms. Purely instrumental music was also developed during this period, both in the context of a growing theatrical tradition and for court consumption.

Dance music, often improvised around familiar tropes, was the largest purely instrumental genre. The secular Ballata, which became very popular in Trecento Italy, had its origins, for instance, in mediaeval instrumental dance music.

The earliest Medieval music did not have any kind of notational system. The tunes were primarily monophonic and transmitted by oral tradition. However, this form of notation only served as a memory aid for a singer who already knew the melody.

The next development in musical notation was “heighted neumes“, in which neumes were carefully placed at different heights in relation to each other. The completion of the four-line staff is usually credited to Guido d’ Arezzo (c. 1000-1050), one of the most important musical theorists of the Middle Ages.


The Renaissance Era

The Renaissance era encompasses Western music history from 1400 to the begining of the 1600’s. This period in time marked the rebirth of humanism, and the revival of cultural achievements for their own sake in all forms of art, including music.

The word “Renaissance” in itself is defined as a “rebirth”or a “reconstruction”. During this time, artists and musicians produced works that displayed more artistic freedom and individualism. This creativity allowed artists to abandon the stricter ways of the Medieval Era.

Renaissance polyphony was harmonious when compared with the Medieval style. Imitation was a method that composers used to make elaborate music more coherent and to give the listener a sense of arrangement. Imitative polyphony was so important that it continued into the Baroque period, especially in sacred music for the church.


The Baroque Music Era

Baroque music is an era and a set of styles of European classical music which were in use between about 1600 and 1750.

The word “Baroque” is used in other art forms besides music: we talk about Baroque architecture, painting, sculpture, dance and literature.

The Baroque was a time when people liked large spaces and a lot of ornamentation and Baroque music was often a melody with a bass line at the bottom. This could be, for example, a singer and a cello. There was also a harpsichord or organ that played the bass line as well, and made up chords in between.

Often the composer did not bother to write out all the chords (harmonies) but just showed some of the chords by figures, leaving it to the performer to decide exactly which notes to play.


The Classical Music Era

The Classical period falls between the Baroque and the Romantic periods. The best known composers from this period are Joseph Haydn,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Classical music has a lighter, clearer texture than Baroque music and is less complex. Variety and contrast within a piece became more pronounced than before.

The Orchestra increased in size and range; the harpsichord continuo fell out of use, and the woodwind became a self-contained section. As a solo instrument, the harpsichord was replaced by the piano (or fortepiano).

Early piano music was light in texture, often with Alberti bass accompaniment, but it later became richer, more sonorous and more powerful.

Sonata form developed and became the most important form. It was used to build up the first movement of most large-scale works, but also other movements and single pieces (such as overtures).

The phase between the Baroque and the rise of the Classical, with its broad mixture of competing ideas and attempts to unify the different demands of taste, economics and “worldview”, goes by many names.

It is a period where some composers still working in the Baroque style flourish, though sometimes thought of as being more of the past than the present. Musical culture was caught at a crossroads: the masters of the older style had the technique, but the public hungered for the new.

Musical eras seldom disappear at once; instead, features are replaced over time, until the old is simply felt as “old-fashioned”. The Classical style did not “die” so much as transform under the weight of changes.


Then Romantic Music Era

Romanticism was an artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from 1800 to 1840.

Defining the nature of Romanticism may be approached from the starting point of the primary importance of the free expression of the feelings of the artist.

Romantic music attempted to increase emotional expression and power to describe deeper truths or human feelings, while preserving but in many cases extending the formal structures from the classical period, in others, creating new forms that were deemed better suited to the new subject matter.


The Impressionist Music Era

Musical impressionism occurred as a reaction to the excesses of the Romantic era.

While the earlier era was characterized by a dramatic use of the major and minor scale systems, impressionist music tended to make more use of dissonance.

Musical impressionism was based in France by the French composer Claude Debussy. He and Maurice Ravel were generally considered to be the two “great” impressionists.

However, these days composers are generally not as accurately described by the term “Impressionism” as painters in the genre were.

Debussy renounced it, saying:  “I am trying to do ‘something different’ – in a way realities – what the imbeciles call ‘impressionism’ is a term which is as poorly used as possible, particularly by art critics.”

Impressionism also gained a foothold in England, where its traits were assimilated by composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax, and Frederick Delius.


The Modern/20th Century Music Era

While some of the early 20th century music can be seen as extensions of the late Romantic style, much of 20th century music can be seen as a rebellion.

Twentieth century music is an era that is hard to define in terms of musical style. This time period spawned many new terms for musical styles because of the diversity of music that was being written.

In 20th century musical styles traditional forms and structures were broken up and recreated or composed using non-Western musical techniques and abstract ideas. The term contemporary music is sometimes used to describe music composed in the late 20th century through present day

Technology also became an extremely important factor in the music making during this time period. Composers have been known to use recording tape as a composition tool.

Electronically created sounds are used in combination with other electronic sounds or played together with traditional music instruments.

Most recently, the use of computer technology has affected the world of music making. Some ways in which computers currently alter the face of the music world are by manipulating the performance of instruments in real time.


As long as they are music to my ears, I will definitely love them. So, here’s a nice piano piece to share with you all and it is sure music to my ears.

What about you?

Debussy: Clair de Lune

Have fun reading and enjoy the music.

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Mixed Feelings…


“Mirrors & high-heeled shoes

A lady’s best friend and worst enemy”

Clouds N Cups 2013

Let's Play - Home Sweet Home

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Here’s a contribution from SirenaTales to share with you lovely souls out there for our

Let’s Play: Home Sweet Home

Let's Play - Home Sweet Home 1 - Sirenatales - Love

ヽ(´▽`)/  A big thank you to SirenaTales for joining in the fun and sharing her love with us.ヽ(´▽`)/ 

We do look forward to receive more lovely contributions from all lovely souls out there soon!

Before ending this post, we’ve another lovely soul, Mummyshymz,  leaving us a comment about her listening to Kit Chan’s “Home” while reading our Let’s Play: Home Sweet Home post.

Since our National Day is coming soon, we would love to take this opportunity to share this lovely song with all of you.

Do enjoy and have a lovely day ahead, always!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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