During our Fellowcraft Degree, we as speculative Masons are introduced to the strength, beauty and order that observing architecture gives to our lives. This is related to us allegorically by two craftsmen entering King Solomon’s Temple to collect wages.
We are taken along a winding stairway, parts of which allude to our five human senses. We first are told that through hearing we gain important knowledge by conversing with one another. So we are taught the craft and mysteries of Masonry by word, phrase and intonation during degrees and our regular communications. Often our work is accompanied by music that both sets the tone of the ritual and enriches our perception of it. Indeed, our lodge organist is one of the most appreciated officers of the lodge. However, each of us is a musician. We appreciate that music “soothes the soul” as we listen to songs in our head, hum them, tap a beat, or sing aloud.
In Germany and elsewhere, members of a family will harmonize together, each member playing a different instrument. Many play for fun, some well; many only for their own ears. The process of determining key fingering and sequencing, learning the rhythm and tone of a melody lifts our spirits and calms our minds, facilitating focusing our thoughts.
The music we hear in lodge is as mortar that binds the stones and strengthens the columns and walls of the allegorical King Solomon’s Temple of Masonry. Outside of lodge, hearing similar musical phraseology recalls to mind the strength and beauty of our Masonic architecture revealed to us within the lodge. The musical transference in itself is inspiring for us to attend.