Doris

Meaning of the name:
Vigor, Dorian, Spirited
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

The Ancient Greeks are believed to be the first to understand the relational complexity of math and music (hence, music theory). The amphitheaters they built were so extra-ordinary, the last row could hear everything on stage. No amplifiers needed.

In addition to their development of acoustics, Greeks felt music had the power to influence, and even change, one’s emotions and behavior. So, to provoke a mood – they created and designated modes of music.

Specific names were given to the modes they created and were derived from people groups of the time. Some believe the effect represented by each mode was an actual reflection of tribal characteristics.

One of the main people groups of Ancient Greece were the Dorians. And the Dorian mode was created. Interestingly, Greek philosophy suggested soldiers hear music in the Dorian mode before going to battle. In my mind, and if keeping with this viewpoint, the Dorians were spirited-vigorous people.

The Dorian mode has evolved since then. Yet, even in its evolution, music still effects mood. Songs using the Dorian mode (or scale) within their music arrangement include:

  • Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  • Oye Como Va, Santana
  • Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles
  • Maiden Voyage, Herbie Hancock
  • Impressions, John Coltrane
  • Wicked Game, Chris Isaac
  • Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars
  • So What, Miles Davis



Categories: D-F, Music

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s