Music has always been regarded as an integral part of culture, for humans, elves, dwarves, orcs and hobbits alike. However, few races have absorbed music as seamlessly into their culture as the Eyelians have. While music is typically used as an auditory form of entertainment, Eyelian music is sometimes visual (as is the case in the Menhov-Hekona "Beast-Tongue" songs), and it has often been used for practical uses, namely communication involving drums. Nearly every young Eyelian has grown up with a drum or flute in hand, and learning the songs of the Eyelian people is a task begun at the youngest ages. These songs are often sung at major ceremonies (the three rites of the Eyelians come to mind), or after a particulalry bountiful harvest or hunting trip. In essence, Eyelians will sing and play for many occasions - be it a somber funeral, or a joyous birthday.

:Eyelian music is often defined by its primitive, rhythmic style. Their instruments tend to be simple, easily crafted, and portable, though there are exceptions to the rule. For instance, the massive Ha'hap drum can take weeks to months to carve and craft. Return to the top

Drums. Eyelian drums, or Oma, range in size from monoliths taller than the Eyelian playing it to tiny "twin" drums that the smallest Tamers can bang. In other words, Omas can be as large as a ped and a half, to a bit over a palmspan. Eyelian drums are typically made of wood from the urban tree, the most plentiful tree in the Eyelian area. The skin stretched over the drums is usually deer, though bovine skin or other leather is not uncommon.

Flutes. Eyelian flutes are made of primarily two materials. Northern Eyelians tend to use wood from the urban tree, or other plentiful foliage, but the southern tribes have learned how to fire-harden clay from the desert people they trade with. Both types of flutes are commonly adorned, carved, shaped, or otherwise decorated to suit the player.

Vocals. Eyelians have a rich oral tradition, one that is heavily affected by their singing. Many popular Eyelian myths are passed down in call-and-respond songs, where the singer speaks a line and the audience responds with a phrase. In its simplest form, the call-and-respond song is useful as a children's game, as in the example presented below.

Prowling Wolves
Nehoma Eyelias

(in the Eyelian tongue)

When I call, you say "Two weeks" twice.

How long have the wolves prowled in Kuglim lands?
Two weeks, two weeks
How long will they stay?
Two weeks, two weeks
How long till they die?
Two weeks, two weeks
They shall come here nigh
Two weeks, two weeks

Now when I call, you say "Right now" twice.

When will the wolves hunt?
Right now, right now
When will they come here?
Right now, right now!
When will they eat?
Right now, right now
On whom shall they feast?

(Shout the youngest Eyelian's name)

This song is used by the Tamers to add a bit of interaction to the storytelling experience. It is considered a fun song, almost a comedy, as it is generally followed by a happy Eyelian mother tickling her child, and young Eyelian children shouting each other's names. However, as is stated above, the call-and-respond song is just as often used to pass down an adventure or myth.

The Eyelians are also famed for their "Beast-Tongue", or Menhov-Hekona, songs. These songs are always told in the secret beast-tongue of the Tamers, and are composed of chirps, grunts, howls, and other animal sounds. The sounds expressed bring forth memories of beaches, forests, and mountains. This is a fascinating experience for a non-Eyelian, as various animals are often drawn to the music. As the Eyelian "sings" in this ancient tongue, the tune grows into a visual chorus as well, with deer prancing at the edge of vision, stormcrows and sparrows flying overhead and perching nearby, and even the occasional wolf-pack howling in the distance.

This mode of singing is very popular amongst the many Tamers who have their own animal companions, as both man and beast can sing along, in a true moment of fellowship and togetherness.

There are taboos involving this type of performance. It must never be used for ill will, and it is outlawed for the purpose of hunting. Also, no outsider has ever become a competent performer in the art of Menhov-Hekona, and the Eyelians aim to keep it that way. Thus, the secret language can be spoken in front of Eyelians, but non-Tamers can never be taught it.
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Introduction to Eyelian Music "Introduction to Eyelian Music", composed and performed by Gean Firefeet
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Theme of the Eyelians

"Theme of the Eyelians", composed and performed by Gean Firefeet

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 Date of last edit 21st Rising Sun 1668 a.S.

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