Monday, December 18, 2006

Ebony and Ivory?

Despite being a cheesy song, "Ebony and Ivory" is factually incorrect.

Black notes and white notes on a piano keyboard are not in perfect harmony. They are, rather, discordant. Play a random black note and a random white note on a piano and see what I mean. The sound produced will not necessarily be pretty.

However, in combination with each other, black keys and white keys can make beautiful melodies.

I suppose that's the irony (among many others) of this country.

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