Friday Fictioneers – FF – Music Soothes the Savage Beast, All Else…” PG13 Sci-fi Humor

Rochelle brings us Friday Fictioneers.  Picture prompt is below with my story following.  They rest are > HERE <  Enjoy!!!

Picture found on: Source: PHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This one came from the idea found in an old Sci-fi tale of which I cannot remember the name or the author.  Apologies.

“Music Soothes the Savage Beast, All Else…”

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 Words


“You really don’t understand,” said Prof Jonhaven as they looked around the room.

Electrical music equipment, mostly keyboards, filled the area so much that the two could almost not move around.

“No, Professor, I guess I don’t,” replied Justin, a new music student.

Professor Von Josburg was a genius in the musical field. He could make music do almost anything.”

“I guess, Sir, but I don’t see why they hauled him away to prison just for that.”

“Simple. You see keyboards and musical instruments. He sought to find the perfect melody. In the end, it would have enslaved the world!”



Scott L Vannatter

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  • Sarah Ann  On October 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Perhaps the perfect melody would have soothed the world and meant we got along peacefully. Ah, I see, then what would we do? Liked this take.


  • Jessie Ansons  On October 11, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I love the idea that a perfect melody would enslave the world – well written!


  • margirene  On October 9, 2014 at 1:11 am

    What a wonderful idea – the perfect melody. I’ve started reading ‘Orfeo’ by Richard Powers – on this year’s Man Booker long list, and it deals with similar ideas about music and national security. I haven’t got far into it yet, but so far I’m intrigued. I enjoyed your story.


  • Nan Falkner  On October 9, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Dear Scott, WOW! Good story and exceptional writing. Love it! Nan 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On October 9, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Why thank you! I do believe that over a year in FF and FSF have increased my abilities.


  • aliciajamtaas  On October 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Delightful, Scott. I agree with Rochelle, perhaps his “disappearance” was for the good.


  • Indira  On October 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Brilliant take. Liked this very much because I totally believe that music can enslave one but soothes also.


  • Sorchia D  On October 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    And we can’t have the populace enslaved by something as seditious as music. I bet he isn’t in jail–he’s working for the government now. A terrific idea for the prompt.


    • kindredspirit23  On October 9, 2014 at 12:50 am

      Thank you. I would agree, but I don’t think the government can do much of anything that has to do with doing things “in a chord”.


  • storydivamg  On October 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    References to music and SciFi always remind me of Orson Scott Card, whose Unaccompanied Sonata, is one of the finest short stories I’ve ever read.

    The idea in your flash this week holds some potential. Might be something fun to flesh out in the future.



    • kindredspirit23  On October 9, 2014 at 12:49 am

      Thank you. I could continue along with this particular storyline. The idea has already been done to a degree as I got it from a wonderful story I read a long time ago (in an actual book!) in which a man discovers that perfect melody and can never get it out of his head – driving him mad.


  • EagleAye  On October 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Haha! Very interesting. It’s true that some melodies could take over the world. I’ve been taken over by earwroms (those melodies that play in your head) a few times. Kieth Richards from the Rolling Stones really knows how to write catchy guitar riffs that stick with you. I’m cured now. No oppressive melodies. It was touch and go for a bit, “but it’s alright now, in fact it’s a gas…” 😉


    • kindredspirit23  On October 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      The same happened to me several times with Christina Perri’s song “Jar of Hearts”.
      In the Sci-fi story I mentioned, the man who found the song went insane and could no longer detach from hearing the song.

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  • cammiesonthefloor  On October 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Lovely little snippet


  • Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  On October 8, 2014 at 6:58 am

    This has happened.. a custom of totalitarian states to see the threats of other enslavement than their own…


  • rochellewisoff  On October 8, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Dear Scott,

    That would be some frighteningly good music. Fires the imagination.




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