Music and Anagrams, the Similarities and Difference
Most of people in the world know music but not many are that familiar with anagrams. Going beyond that, even fewer would think that these two topics could have anything in common. By looking a bit closer, however, music and songs of all kinds do share a connection with anagrams in that they basically aspire to the same goals in what they are meant to represent.
The easiest way to look at this is how music often plays with words in terms of how each sentence and stanza would rhyme and reinforce each other, almost to the point where they can be interchangeable. This is essentially what an anagram is, with examples including the jumbling of “Section” to form the word “Notice” or naughtier attempts such as turning “Mother-In-Law” to “Hitler Woman.”
What is Music?
Music encompasses a much bigger field than most people know today and a lot of this has to do with the fact that it is ever evolving. Back in the day, for example, the earliest societies used music not only to entertain but also to tell stories. This is a tradition that is passed on even today, but at a significantly more cursory manner.
From epics and folk lore, music has evolved to focus much on love, enjoyment, and even civic protest. Of course, this is a coarsely reduced description of the industry that happens to include everything from the opera, rock bands, and most recently, remixing. More than anything else, though, while the form of the music might change, evolve, be forgotten, and then rediscovered, they are still connected to what they used to be. This is just one of the field’s connection to anagrams.
What is a Song?
A song is simply a type of music that included lyrics of some kind. Songs encompass everything from the ancient folksongs of the olden days to even today’s modern rap styles despite the protests of more traditional song enthusiasts. To say that the song/music industry is hugely dynamic, therefore, would be a major understatement.
This is then where the connection between the field and anagrams become even stronger. While its ties to music in broad terms is more about the essence of the idea, the presence of words in songs makes the link more direct. Basically, songs are like anagrams in that their structure can be interchanged to either mean something else or to mean the same thing.
What is an Anagram?
Anagrams are essentially just the jumbling of letters in a word so that it either means the same thing or something else entirely. Some words are kept as one but depending on what you are trying to achieve, it can be broken up into two or more. Anyone who has read the hugely popular book “The Da Vinci Code” will immediately be familiar with this idea.
Essence of Commonality
So, how exactly does music and anagrams share a connection? More than anything else, it is the sheer versatility of the concept in terms of what needs to be expressed. Songs can be innocuous the same way that the anagram “Moon Starrer” is a simple jumbling of “Astronomer.” Then again, songs can also subtly refer to other ideas just as the anagram “Dirty room” from “Dormitory” immediately makes the meaning understood without going into too much detail.
Then there are the more mystical and mysterious interpretations of anagrams that people also often attribute to controversial songs. Both concepts have had their fair share of folks with too much time on their hands cooking up ways in which certain music titles or words on popular mediums somehow mean something more sinister.