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If you made first contact, and the aliens wanted you to demonstrate what music is, what would you sing for them?

Asked by wildpotato (15224points) October 10th, 2011

I’m not proposing that such beings wouldn’t be advanced enough to pick up our radio signals, just that they wouldn’t have a concept of music. Let’s assume that they have a sense of hearing which approximates our own.

A few things to keep in mind: you’ll probably want to pick something more verse-based – musical interludes don’t tend to come across well in humming or whistling. I guess you could skip to the next verse, but I find this difficult to do spontaneously, myself.

Also – you’re representing all of Earth’s music here! Can’t just be reaching for any old song…

I think I’d do either Big Rock Candy Mountain or Redemption Song.

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Blackberry's avatar

I’d just tell them to Let Me Ride.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Sing? I thought I was supposed to introduce them to music, not what screaming monkeys sound like…

janbb's avatar

Amazing Grace

KateTheGreat's avatar

Je Veux Vivre because it’s gorgeous.

Bluefreedom's avatar

What A Wonderful World

flutherother's avatar

I can’t sing, but I would take them to our lieder.

silverfly's avatar
No, not really. That would be my example of the worst music man has created.

My real pick would be… I can’t think of a perfect song… there’s too many.

digitalimpression's avatar

x 2 vote for @marinelife ‘s choice.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@flutherother : Thank you. That made my day.

I’d sing “Mary had a little lamb” only because I can’t sing “Over the Rainbow” like Braddah Iz, which has already been mentioned.

dappled_leaves's avatar

I’d choose Bone of Song. Couldn’t find a good vid on YouTube, so audio will have to do. :)

Joker94's avatar

Probably Jonathan Coulton’s awe-inspiring rendition of this classic American standard.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

AC/DC Thunderstruck. Scare the crap out of them.

CWOTUS's avatar

I’d be happy to let them use my iPod so various professionals could do it for me. Even Vogons wouldn’t like my singing.

Earthgirl's avatar

Is this alien sexy? If so, I might sing this…I might need to adjust the lyrics…depending…we are talking alien, right?

Zaku's avatar

My first thought is the OH LA YAY HA HEE song from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

mazingerz88's avatar

Definitely My Sharona!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Oh, I’d tell them to wait for my partner ‘cause I’m awful at singing and it’d suck for the aliens. I’d ask him to sing ‘Hallelujah’.

Nimis's avatar

@flutherother Ha.
Song of Silence, lest they interpret my attempt at singing as some kind of threat. Wouldn’t want to start some kind of War of the Worlds.

ETpro's avatar

If aliens wanted to understand what music is, I would most definitely not sing for them. I’d play a good recording of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony for its mathematical precision and if they grokked that, I’d introduce them to Bedřich Smetana’s Má Vlast Moldau for an understanding of the grandeur music can express. I’d go on to Tchaikovsky’s Melodie to let them know that it doesn’t take a 100 people to make beautiful music. And though I hate his politics, I’d let them hear the power and soaring spirit of Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Then to bring them more up to today;s music I’d play Pink Floyd’s Shine on You Crazy Diamond being sure to explain the story of the fall of Sid Barrett behind it. Finally, I’d let them hear a pop piece like Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

They’d at least know that I have rather eclectic tastes. :-)

CatieDalleLydon's avatar

Welcome To Paaaradiiise!!

yogadavid's avatar

Either ground control to major Tom by Bowie or space cowboy by steve miller

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