Thanks to a fellow harper, I have a beautiful new early music tune to work on, a Middle English song entitled "Byrd One Brere" - according to her, the first known love song. Here's the Mediaevel Baebes' take on it:
Byrd One Brere
Gorgeous, haunting, and unexpected. These earlier tunes often have patterns and conventions that don't match what we're used to hearing, so they seem to go in strange directions. I'm not even taking the tired trope that "modern music is dull and repetitive" - this is more fundamental. Conventions and paradigms in music have shifted over the years (and cultures) and this is a prime example.