“Why am I doing it?    Because I can.”

– Cricket Diane Quote of the Day, 05-22-08 (this expression I’ve used from way back to the 80’s)

The Codex 1 Songs Lists key sets –

Positions 1 – Zippity Doo Dah

Positions 2 – Mickey Mouse Club Theme

Positions 3 – This Old Man, He Played One

Positions 4 – Found A Peanut

Positions 5 – Autumn Leaves, changed early on (from Jesus Loves Me, This I Know)

Positions 6 – Never On A Sunday, changed early on (from Amazing Grace)

Positions 7 – Jingle Bells, changed early on (from Deck The Halls, because no one knew words)

Xpost -1a-    Oh, Say Can You See (Star Spangled Banner)

Xpost -2a-    America the Beautiful

Xpost -3a-    Over Hill, Over Dale, As We Hit the Dusty Trail (Army Caissons Song)

Xpost -4a-    Onward, Christian Soldiers

Xpost -5a-    Holy, Holy, Holy

Xpost -6a-    To The Shores of Tripoli  (Marines Marching Hymn)

Xpost -7a-    Battle Hymn of the Republic (Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory of . . .)

Over the years, the code key sets became less complicated by remaining the same but originally there were a total of nineteen plus two sets, making a key set of 21 positions. These listed above are part of one element from the first songs lists key sets (codex – 1 – ). Each code has two elements – 1.) Songs lists key set and 2.) Process for the cipher. There were 20 positions (21 key sets) which represented “Codex 1 – 21″ inclusively. Each of these had two parts as seen above, consisting of 7 “Positions” and 7 “Xpost -#a-“ (etc.)

Each key in the nineteen plus two, had 14 positioned elements which in this case were song titles which represented the songs’ melodies and lyrics from the first stanza and chorus (one time through, in that order). They were easy to remember because the choices in the first set had all been agreed upon by those used to the songs that were using them for coding. It is really fairly simple to follow once some steps are employed in the appropriate manner.

It is easy to remember the words to a song when the memory of the melody is remembered. Once the words are correctly learned for the song, they will flow into the mind readily. Then, using only the first verse and chorus, the code key indicates which song to use in each position for the coding of any ordinary or special message.

I’m sure it is possible to use the keys in many different ways but when I use it – this is what I would do. Being totally lazy as a basic nature, I would recall the song melody, sing it and write down the words to make sure I had them right. Then using the words on the paper – I would pick out every third word to use for the coded message first sentence. Well, that doesn’t make sense, but it works. The next thing I would do would be to start the message using the second position key. Word three is – xxxx, and word four is – xxxxxx and word five is – xxx.

This may have been, “come lunch eat” or “take garbage out” – it certainly is fun to do, though. And, no that is not actually explaining the process I use which really doesn’t seem wise, but if you want to have some fun – create your own process for your use of the code keys. Each word can be a number or Position One words can actually represent Position Four Song Words or whatever bit of controlled confusion you want to do with it. Anyway, I think its fun and works really well for saying stuff to your sister that you don’t want your Mom and Dad to know when you’ve got to ride all the way to wherever with them in the car.

Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 2008
Cricket House Studios, 05-22-08, USAX1 – USA1

“Creating the Tangible from the Impossible Every Day.”