Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quick vocabulary question

If a siren's song lures sailors to stay (okay, by drowning), what kind of song lures people away?

How would you describe the song played by the Pied Piper of Hamlin? Is there a word for it?

Any help is appreciated.

It's a quiet day with rain and melting snow and the manuscript, another combing through for the right word, the right image.

But a thesaurus and a dictionary will get me only so far.

Where do you look when you need to find the right reference?


Dawn said...

disonnance - the sound vibrating away from each other - the musical equivalent to fingernails on a chalkboard. Of course there is also the homophone of Sirens which warn people away.

The pied piper's music "entranced" "enrapt" . . .

Just my two cents. Hope it helps.

Joannie said...

Thanks, Dawn. You've drawn me toward another idea--maybe instead of a new word, I need a whole new image, a new way to think of this.

Exploring now...

Penultimatina said...

Maybe some kind of musical repellent. Like anything my husband would sing to annoy me.

Joannie said...

Hah! That's hilarious. Thanks for the idea.