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Dandelion and Rose found themselves on opposite ends of a seesaw atop a sharp precipice. They were attracted to each other but neither could see, hear, nor talk; only their sense of balance gave away the other’s presence. To maintain such a relationship, both had move in harmony. If Dandelion took a step forwards, then so would Rose. If Rose doubled backwards, then so must Dandelion. Otherwise, both would fall, injure each other, and think twice about getting back on the seesaw again.

When the two first met, neither dared to make sudden movements out of fear. This would quickly change as the cold nights drew them closer to share warmth and the windy days forced them further apart for some stability. Most days however were calm and so to ease their restlessness and learn more about one another, the two took turns leading. Rose would slide forwards a meter and Dandelion would follow suit by three-quarters to maintain weight parity. Walking soon turned into hopping and then evolved into various forms of kicks, spins, turns, pivots, crosses. Many times they fell off the seesaw but every time they got right back on again. Movement itself communicated their bond and deepened their trust in each other.

Two centuries had passed since Dandelion and Rose were last seen atop that fateful seesaw that once united them in movement. Legends tell of a violent squall that had swept through the mountain side. After the storm had cleared, the seesaw atop the sharp precipice had broken cleanly in half. Some say that a disagreement had end their relationship for good; their combined weights crashing down upon two ends would have severed the seesaw. Others claim that lightning struck the seesaw, splitting it in two from divine jealousy of mortal love. Whatever the case, the bodies of Dandelion and Rose were never found but their movements could sometimes be felt today whilst engaged in dance.

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Of Music

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A pure-tone wanted to sing but could only muster a single sound. Sometimes louder, other times softer, the pitch refused to change and soon fell into the background. Alone, she fractured herself into pieces to keep herself company. One tone became two, three, four, and so-on where together they could sing and form a harmonic. However as time went on, not all their arrangements were pleasant. Many of the overtones competed, singing loudly to drown out others. Some were shy and preferred to stay mute, nearly forgetting their voice. Thus, a leader was needed and the original pure-tone, now fundamental as all the overtones were multiples of herself, accepted the role. Hence, the nice-sounding arrangements were organized into timbres and the group took to the streets, whistling their harmonics.

One day, the harmonic encountered another group with voices that didn’t match their own. A cacophony ensued and the two groups argued from morning to dusk until only murmurs and whispers could be heard. Once all the voices had died down, the two pure-tones fundamental to their respective harmonics met and began to take turns speaking. From that meeting onwards, the two groups of harmonics began to understand one-another. Pace, beat, and rhythm gave their conversations order and comprehension. Seeing the possibilities of what they could sing together, the two harmonics decided to merge into a harmony, traveling and singing as one.

Over the years, the harmony would grow large in size. To identify among themselves, they assigned symbols from an alphabet. Distant harmonics were given letters A to G whereas their close cousins were assigned suffixes like flat and sharp. Together, their voices struck a balance between tense and relaxed, hard and soft, tonic and atonic. Groups of three formed chords. Groups of eight that lead and ended with fundamentals formed octaves and scales. However with all the organization and structure of a troupe, the harmony lacked direction, a soul and its impulse to move beyond mere voice. In other words, harmony needed a melody, a heart that could resonate, sway, and inspire the hearts of others. This task it could not accomplish alone so it wrote itself into the natural world, leaving behind a legacy that others can listen to, compose from, and speak with across the ages.