David HaMelech Syndrome

27 Apr

Though I haven’t been blogging for long, my last post drew more attention than all of my other posts combined. I’d like to attribute it to my excellent word welding, but then again, mentioning a certain musical group might have had something to do with it.

Before I drop this topic, I would like to conclude with an idea which I have formed by reading your responses and Navi.

There is a name for the condition in which a girl is hypnotized by a music man: David HaMelech Syndrome (DHS). As SIS and various other female respondents proved, having two X-chromosomes does not mean one is 100% susceptible to this condition, however, it does run quite rampant in our talent-obsessed  society. It’s not just the Jews. Weren’t there a million or so girls who went unconscious over The Beatles? There is something intrinsically intriguing about musicians; specifically singers. It’s not only statistical, it’s biblical.

Take a look in I Samuel  18:6-8. The women go nuts over David. Alright so the fact that he was a mighty warrior probably had something to do with his sudden popularity with the ladies, but keep in mind, he was also the king’s personal musician. Everyone knew he was an incredible harpist, and as we know, he was also an incredible lyricist. The women were literally singing his praises. Even Michal, the daughter of David’s arch enemy was drawn toward his creative, passionate image.

As critical as musical ability can be to cause of DHS, it is not the sole factor which engenders its symptoms. In truth, it is rooted in attraction to image. Each person appreciates different superficial qualities which to them mean something deeper. For some, it’s dizzyingly blue eyes. For others it might be a wry sense of humor or a certain style of articulation. Whatever it may be, there is nothing wrong with appreciating such qualities. There are problems with:

1) Confusing them with priorities.

2) Allowing one’s self to become enamored with image.

David was the new kid on block; young, fresh, talented with dazzling eyes and  able to maintain the perfect blend of courage and chutzpah. So he was a nothing shepherd boy a few days before; no one cared. He was intriguing at the present and that is what mattered. Shaul, the broad-shouldered, iconic Good Guy (I Samuel 9:2), was now second. David was in. He had status, he had image, and that is what the people “fell” in love with, just like they had when Shaul came to power.

So you see, DHS is nothing new. Some girls would like a guy with a good singing voice because it would be nice; not a necessity, just nice. Today they may fawn over the fluidity of ‘Lecha Dodi”, and the optmistic, upbeat tempo of  “One Day,” but they’ll snap out of it eventually. I personally look forward to being able to go to an event/shabbaton with a Maccabeat present and not hearing someone doltishly screeching “one dayyyy!” It’s just not cool or funny or any form of positive self-representation.

Again, I thank you for your comments and hope to see your participation in future posts! Now onward with our regularly schedule shidduch programming.

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One Response to “David HaMelech Syndrome”

  1. Happy Medium April 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    Nice follow-up, CoralCap! I like the comparisons to Tanach characters – it’s always so interesting to be able to look at Tanach and be able to relate to it/ incorporate it into your own life.

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