Thursday 27 August 2009
Bats sing love ballads while mating but where are the humans singing ballads?
Brazilian free-tailed bats supposedly sing ballads to woo their prospective mates. My immediate expression was the cliched 'So sweet.' That is something very unique as singing ballads were the terrain of the homo sapiens so far! Reading through the article made me wonder on the disappearing species of men who used to sing ballads to woo their lady love. Of course this tribe has not entirely vanished, they still do exist in some pockets of the world.
Theories like Feminism, terms like 'male gaze,' etc. has rendered some beautiful aspects of the whole episode of romancing and mating very cerebral. Come on, now who does not like to be wooed by a man/woman who sings for you. These days there is no time for songs nor the leisure for taking the time to write an exclusive ballad for your 'special' person. These days the internet offers a range of products and ideas that the old fashioned 'singing for your love' has gone out of beat (using a musical expression). But I am glad as I still come across special people who sing and express their love.
Three cheers to the Bat world which is not threatened by the internet, media or any other gadgets. Lucky (female)bats who get ballads during the mating season. Sigh Sigh. I have nothing to complain. You know why.